| Do you have an idea to patent?
- Is it an invention?
- What kind of patent do you need?
- What can you do to protect your rights while waiting for your patent?
Let Greenberg & Lieberman walk you through the patent maze and make it more like a stroll in the park.
Inventors like you -- and your ideas -- are as American as baseball and apple pie. Ideas are powerful because
they lead to inventions. Inventions make daily tasks and products faster, simpler, more attractive, and more
profitable. Typical inventions are physical objects, procedures, methods, and products. There are many types of
For an idea to be termed an invention, you must have an idea and then reduce it to practice. In other words, you
must be capable of explaining how the idea will be reproducibly applied in a real world example. For instance, if
an inventor conceives of a machine that can instantly transport a person from New York to Los Angeles, he has a
great idea! But if the inventor actually knows how to build such a machine, he has a great invention. An idea needs
to be more than just abstract to be an invention.
You don't need to build a model of an invention to make sure that it actually works, only describe how the idea
will be embodied or practiced. Most commonly, an inventor writes down an idea and draws pictures or flow charts of
how the idea will look or be practiced.
With strict confidentiality, Greenberg & Lieberman can guide you in determining whether your idea has become
an invention. If it has, we will take steps to:
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Determine what types of patents are applicable.
|Did You Know?
Your invention may already be patented.
Public users may perform preliminary searches of patent information in a variety of formats including on-line, microfilm, and print at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Public Search Facility located in Alexandria, VA. State of the art computer workstations provide automated searching of patents issued from 1790 to the current week of issue. Full document text may be searched on U.S. patents issued since 1971 and OCR text from 1920 to 1970. U.S. patent images from 1790 to the present may be retrieved for viewing or printing. Some foreign patent documents are available.
Contact our Patent Lawyer to ensure you complete the patent
filing process correctly or for violation of your patent rights.