How do I get started to file my patent?

The most important thing is to let us know if you have disclosed (or about to disclose) the invention publicly to any one, to whom, how and where, and when. While ideally you should keep the invention secret until the patent application is filed, in some cases we can get something on file and get patent protection for your invention in short order if we are aware of a recent or upcoming disclosure. Document your invention. Come up with one or more drawings that show how the invention works. If you have a working device, take photos of the device and take views that show the inner workings. Ideally, use the camera date and time stamp feature (or write the date down on the drawing or on the back of the photo) to prove a date that you had figured out the invention. Then start to work on a description of how the invention works, how to make it and why it is so useful or cool. Don’t worry about whether your description looks like a patent. Use your own words. If you have specific dimensions for the device or for a part, or certain features (speed, angle) of operation, or certain specific parts that you use (identify the manufacturer and the part number if you have it), make sure that this is set out. Finally, try to explain why it is so useful. How did other people try to solve the same problem? Why didn’t those attempts work (or work as well)? Be careful about doing computer (or other) searches to find out what is out there. If you do such searches, you will need to keep records of what you find, because you may have to disclose these searches to the patent office in order to keep your patent valid. But you are not required to do such searches. Often, you are familiar enough with the marketplace without performing any searches, that you can explain the advantages of your invention and describe what competing approaches are out there without doing any search.

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