1. Why do I need a patent before attempting to market/license my invention?
A patent should be the first step in your entrepreneurial endeavor, as attempts to market or sell your invention prior to having a patent on file may prevent you from ever obtaining one (see 35 USC § 102).
2. Why do I need a patent at all?
A patent is the only way to protect your idea. Patents are necessary to gain a market advantage and/or to license your invention. Without a patent you have no ownership rights to offer interested parties and no monopoly in the market, thus inviting competition and “knockoffs.”
3. Why do I need a Patent Attorney?
Patents are the most complex legal instrument in existence and take great skill and training to properly prosecute. Only certain attorneys are licensed to practice patent law and represent inventors in front of the USPTO. Unqualified individuals may mislead you, provide inaccurate advice…