Inventors should strongly consider hiring patent lawyers, versus filing on their own (or “pro se”) or even worse, not taking any action to protect their most important asset. Protecting your intellectual property is more important now than ever before.
Filing on your own or “pro se” inevitably leads to frustration, excess expense of time and money and usually loss of some patent rights. Many “pro se” applicants wind up hiring top quality patent lawyers after it is too late. It is very important to hire patent lawyers or a patent agency such as Invent Help, early in the invention process.
Patents are first and foremost, legal documents, but they are also used as marketing, sales and business assets to growing companies. The multiple uses of patent applications by growing companies makes it more important than ever to invest in hiring patent lawyers.
Hiring top quality patent lawyers additionally offers the advantage of personal, face-to-face contact between the patent lawyers and the patent examiners which saves the patent owners time and money in an otherwise slow, complicated and time consuming process.
Likewise, it is also best to go directly to patent lawyers and avoid invention marketing companies. Going to invention marketing companies takes the control of choosing the right patent lawyers out of the inventors hands.
It is important that inventors have the ability to choose the best patent lawyer or a agency like InventHelp, as they work closely together through the patent process.
A patent is the property right given by the U.S Patent and Trademark Office (part of the Department of Commerce) to an inventor to exclude others from making using or selling their invention. The US patent system fosters innovation by allowing inventors and patent owners to recoup their development costs by giving them legal monopoly for a limited in amount of time, namely 20 years from date of filing.
In return for the legal monopoly, inventors and patent owners must disclose an “enabled” invention that a skilled person could reproduce based on reading their patent application. Not properly “enabling” a patent application is a common mistake that can be avoided by hiring patent lawyers.