Spotlight Inventor–Lisa Halko!

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Lisa Halko, creator of the Home Care Nursing Bag, is our latest spotlight inventor!


Lisa Halko's Home Care Nursing Bag

Lisa Halko’s Home Care Nursing Bag



Lisa Halko & three of her six children!

Describe your invention in five words or less: 

Fresh New Designed Healthcare Bag

Why did you create your invention?:

I created this new design for a nursing bag out of need. As a nurse, the bags we were previously using were not meeting our needs. This bag gives us the items we need all in one place quick and easy.

What would you do if you became successful?:

If, I mean When, I become successful with this invention, I will be so happy to see nurses and health care professionals all over the world using an easy and functional bag for their work! If I could travel around the country or around the world to present my invention, that will be my reward.

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?:

If I am able to travel, my favourite destinations, would be warm or hot climates. I live in central Saskatchewan, Canada. We only have about two months of summer. I think I was born in the wrong location. Winter is my least favourite season and it is our longest season. Therefore, travelling south to warmer climates is my choice for travel..I’m not too fussy where :)

Favorite “fad invention”? (i.e. pet rock, chia pet, etc):

My favourite fad invention, it may have been just a fad, were slouch socks. I was a tall teenager. In high school a lot of my pants were just a little too short. So one day I decided to tuck my pant legs into my socks- And slouch them down a bit so they weren’t too high. It seemed within a month or two, everyone was wearing all styles and colours of slouch socks. Everyone! Country wide! My brother was the one who stated that it was my “fault” everyone started wearing socks like that.

Home Care Nursing Bag

Home Care Nursing Bag

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Spotlight Inventor–Delores Lohman!

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Meet Delores Lohman, inventor of the Hanging Recipe Holder!

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1. Describe your invention in five words or less: “Handy, eye level, very useful, unique.”

2. Why did you create your invention? “I got tired of ruining recipes. I had some magazine pages which I couldn’t replace, and I’d be working along and spill some flour, water, or egg on the pages.”

3. What would you do if you became successful? “I know I am going to still be Delores. I would like to buy my sister a car and help my great nieces and great nephews to go to college. I would be saying “thank you” to all the people who are waiting to buy my Hanging Recipe Holder.”

4. Favorite famous inventor?: “Einstein.  I have a coffee cup with his picture on it. I look at it  every day, and this is my saying: ‘Dream It, Create It, Invent It.'”

5. How do you spend your free time?: “I visit the nursing home near me. The people love to have vistors. They come rolling into the lunch room in their wheelchairs, and we sit there talking and having a good time. My other thing I love doing is going to Shipshewana, Indiana. With the Amish living there, it is like you are traveling back in time. Plus the good food and the big flea market!”

6. Favorite Fad Invention?: “I loved the person who invented the Pet Rock. I was surprised how many people bought that.”

Creator of the Hanging Recipe Holder

Creator of the Hanging Recipe Holder

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Spotlight Inventors–Pervis & Bonnie Burden

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Meet Pervis & Bonnie Burden, creators of the Attachable Necktie!

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Pervis & Bonnie Burden

Attachable Necktie

1. Describe your invention in five words or less: We would describe our invention as creative, extraordinary, convenient, brilliant, and ingenious.

2. Why did you create your invention?: We created our invention because of the frustration and inconsistency of tying a tie.

3. What would you do if you became successful?: When we become successful, we will thank God for the blessing, pay our tithes, become debt free, provide for the homeless, and have a second wedding, and grand honeymoon, in Hawaii.

4. Best advice you’ve ever received?: To keep the Lord first in everything we do and all other things will be added. Life is like riding a bicycle, to keep your balance you must keep moving. Sometimes you just have to take the leap, and build your wings on the way down.

5. How would your friends describe you?: Our friends would describe us as highly intelligent, motivated, caring people that never give up. The only person you should try to be better than, is the person you were yesterday.

Pervis bonnie


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Spotlight Inventors–Michael Reeves, Rosalyn Coggins, & Roxanne Stone

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Today’s spotlight is for THREE coinventors who have all worked together to bring their product to the market: Michael Reeves, Rosalyn Coggins, and Roxanne Stone! Check out their awesome product at:

Product created by Michael Reeves, Roxanne Stone, & Rosalyn Coggins!

Product created by Michael Reeves, Roxanne Stone, & Rosalyn Coggins!

Mike Reeves, Rosalyn Coggins, & Roxanne Stone

My Ditty Dog Tagz

Meet Michael Reeves:

Michael Reeves

Michael Reeves

Describe your invention in five words or less: “Stylish Custom Anthem Playback Tagz”

Why did you create your invention?: “I wanted to create a fresh, new way for fans, teams, friends and soldiers to express their camaraderie as well as a marketing and advertising tool for businesses and organizations.”

What would you do if you became successful?: “I would continue the success by investing in other inventions that I created. I would also mentor and inspire future inventors, artists and musicians.”

Best advice you’ve ever received?: “Never Take Anything Personally”

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?: “It would be to Fulda, Germany (OP Alpha) where I served during the Fall of The Berlin Wall. There is now a museum there commemorating the service of US and German soldiers. It would be great for my children to see and full circle for me.”

How do you spend your free time?: “I’m a songwriter and custom composer of all genres of music. I also have a songwriting mentoring program for youth I’m continuously developing.”

Who would play you in a movie about your life?: “A serious Kevin Hart…(it would be his Oscar role!) lol”

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Meet Rosalyn Coggins:


Rosalyn Coggins

Rosalyn Coggins

Describe your invention in five words or less: “Meaningful, exciting, creative, memories and priceless.”

Why did you create your invention? “Seen the need to support so many people and groups companies etc.”

What would you do if you became successful? “Work hard and give back to veterans and others.”

Best advice you’ve ever received? “Life is what you put into it!”

Any pets? Tell us about them! “Dog named Easten he is a Yorkiepoo Very loving and playful so darn cute.”

How do you spend your free time? “Spending time with family and taking care of others!! As well as researching and getting a business going!!”

What is your strongest personal quality? “Caring!!”

What is a skill you’d like to learn, and why? “Computers. They are always changing, and I want to be on top of what I do.”


Meet Roxanne Stone: 

Roxanne Stone, My Ditty Dog Tagz

Roxanne Stone, My Ditty Dog Tagz

Describe your invention in five words or less: “Audio playback dogtag”

Why did you create your invention? “I’ve always wanted to invent a
product. Inventing this product gave me an opportunity to invent
something that I believe in and within an industry in which I already
work in. I love it!”

What would you do if you became successful? “I would buy a nice big home, adopt a child, donate money to breast cancer families, invest in stocks and invent another product.”

Favorite famous inventor?” The product that has given the world its best-known taste was born in Atlanta, Georgia, on May 8, 1886. The inventore Dr. John Stith Pemberton, a local pharmacist, produced the syrup for Coca-Cola.”

Best advice you’ve ever received? “When an opportunity comes along, take it!”

Any pets? Tell us about them! “I’ve had a miniature Dachsund named Tinkerbelle for 14 years. She’s my pride and joy. Tinkie loves to wear doggy clothes because she often gets cold. She stays by my side most of the time. She’s very loyal and
loving. She sits up on her butt and does little tricks for me during feeding time. It’s so cute!”

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Hot Brush & Comb

Spotlight Inventor–Kenecia Jenkins

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Meet The Inventor–Kenecia Jenkins, creator of the Hot Brush & Comb!

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Hot Brush & Comb

Describe your invention in five words or less:

Revolutionary, convenient, beneficial

Why did you create your invention?


• I created my Hot Brush & Comb because my flat iron wasn’t successful at straightening every hair strand in certain locations on my head. And I knew I wasn’t the only one going through this issue.
• The Hot Brush & Comb was also created because hair will get fuzzy due to humidity, and with the Hot Brush & Comb readily available, the individual may quickly and easily straighten and style hair.
• With every person having unique hair, results may vary. But with the Hot Brush & Comb a person can section their hair to straighten and style. Or, if pressed for time, quickly straighten and style.
• While straightening and styling, the person doesn’t have to worry about being burned, like they would experience if using other certain hair devices.

What would you do if you became successful?
If this invention made me successful:
• Short Term: Pay probably 85%-90% of my debt. Got to keep some debt to maintain my existence and keep my credit score still active.
• Long Term: Put a percentage of my earnings in a retirement savings account, and slide a percentage into a regular savings account. Purchase/build a decent, humble size, easy to take care of house. Buy a decent, humble size, easy to take care of vehicle.
• In-Between-Terms: Explore our beautiful planet and make priceless memories.

What skill would you like to learn and why?
I would like to learn carpentry, mechanics and or culinary. Believe it or not, I’m a hands on type of female at times. And all these skills can VERY useful in everyday living.

How would your friends describe you?
I think the majority of people in my circle would say I’m a comedienne. And that I have a good sense of humor. But I also can be complex, moody, and mysterious. But my comic and sense of humor dominates.

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How Much Does A Patent Cost?

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In working and being around inventors for the past 20 years, the most common question that every inventor wants to know right away of course is: How much does a Patent cost?

This is a completely reasonable question because you know that you have a great idea, spent time to develop it, and think you are ready to pursue a patent… but at what cost? If you’ve ever tried to research the patent price range online, you likely got discouraged after 3 or 4 Google results pages telling you “well, it depends.” Don’t give up just yet. This article will help you learn about the details of patent pricing, whether DIY patents are worth the effort, how to choose the best patent type for your needs and what you can do to prepare and save on patent expenses.

With the wide range of patent options out there, please share any feedback, thoughts or experiences you have had with patenting to shine more light on this topic.

“So, How Much Does a Patent Cost?”

At the most recent Hardware Show in Las Vegas, I asked several inventors who were exhibiting if they got a patent on their invention and if they wouldn’t mind sharing what they spent for it.  Interestingly, everybody I talked with did get patent protection for their product.  Even more interesting, nobody was even close to each other when it came to cost.  The range went from $400 all the way to over $20,000.  How is this even possible you’re probably asking?  Me too.  Hopefully the rest of this article helps give you some perspective as to why there can be such significant differences in price when it comes to patents.

One thing is for sure, Americans absolutely want to know the answer to this question as the Google search phrase “How much does a X cost?” reveals that the thing we Americans want to know the price of more than anything in the known universe is what is the cost of a patent. Comparing us with the rest of the world, other countries are much more interested in the price of camels, funerals, houses, and even beer than what the average cost of a patent will set them back. This speaks volumes about where we are as a nation versus under-developed countries who are still concerned about basic life necessities.

The best way I know to answer this question properly in broad terms is by revealing the median results of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) 2013 Report of the Economic Survey. (The AIPLA is an association of attorneys specializing in patent law.) This is a report where the AIPLA combines and averages the prices of various sized intellectual property firms across the country who provided their charges for the items listed below:

patentPricesB-02As you can see, simply getting started with the patent process utilizing the services of an IP attorney requires a significant investment for the average individual in the United States. The biggest contributing factor is that the mean cost per hour of a patent attorney is $330, per the AIPLA, and some fees can go as high as $600 or more per hour. Your invention’s complexity, patent type requested, and which firm you choose will directly affect the amount you’re charged for patent services. All of these charges are only for the services of a licensed patent professional and do not include any government fees.

To put patent costs in perspective, consider the average price of other common purchases:

New car purchase: $33,500

New furnace with installation: $3,000

New home: $300,000

One year of college: $20,000

New wardrobe: $1,500

Wedding: $31,500

Total patent price: $5,000 – $10,000 or more

On the low end, filing a patent application typically costs less than a wedding or a new car. Multiple factors affect the patent price range, and learning what they are can help you choose where your money is best spent.

More Complex Equals More Cost

Patent complexity vs cost

How to Save Money Navigating the Patent Price Range

Whether you’re creating a new software program or a physical product, understanding how the patent process works and the costs associated with it is the best way to choose which option is right for you. The factors listed below directly affect the patent price range. The more detailed information that you can provide for any of these steps would reduce the time needed to prepare your application which should directly affect your cost (as long as you’re being billed hourly).

  • Type of patent application and scope. The total cost of a patent is affected by the type of patent filed and its scope. A provisional patent application may cost less than a nonprovisional patent, but only initially as much more research and preparation are required before the latter must be filed. Also, if your invention would benefit from international protection, you may need to file an international patent application, otherwise known as a Patent Cooperative Treaty (PCT) patent application, versus U.S. only. Filing a PCT patent application involves more in-depth research, substantial government filing fees and more attorney costs which will ultimately be thousands of more dollars for your patent protection.
  • Patent search with opinion. Performing a patent search on your own is always a good first step, but obtaining a patent search with opinion of patentability by a licensed practitioner acts as insurance for you as you decide whether to pursue patent protection. In fact, the USPTO (in this less than easy to understand flowchart) recommends starting with a Patent Search before moving forward with the patent process.
  • Government Fees and Entity Status. The majority of individual inventors are considered a micro entity when applying for patents which saves them 75% on government fees vs large entities that are mainly for-profit brands or those with multiple patents. To qualify for micro-entity status, an inventor, among other things, needs to earn less than 3X the median household income which is roughly $155,000 as of the time of this writing. Inventors earning more than that amount still get a discount of about 50% vs. large entity inventors. To put this in perspective, a micro entity’s filing fee for a non-provisional utility patent is $400, a small entity is $730 and $1600 for large entities. To learn more about micro entity income requirements, check out the USPTO website here. Here is a link to all of the various Government fees by the USPTO that may or may not apply to your situation.
  • Complexity of the invention. Varying degrees of complexity exist when evaluating an invention. For example, filing a patent for an extremely simple invention, such as a coat hanger, will be less expensive than performing the same process for a complex diagnostic device or software program. As the complexity of your invention increases, so will the cost to obtain a patent.
  • Engineering Specification. Your patent needs to be written with enough detail so that someone skilled in the field of your invention can simply take your patent and go make your invention. Because the patent requires this level of specific information, an engineer will often be needed to draft the specification for the patent to satisfy this requirement. Again, the complexity of the invention really affects how much more or less “engineering” will be needed.
  • Patent Drawings. In the United States, patent drawings are required to be filed with your application in order to fully understand the invention. Since design patents protect how a product looks, 6 drawings or more are usually needed in order to see the invention from all sides. Depending again on the size and complexity of the invention, more or less drawings will be needed in order to fully illustrate what the invention looks like and does.
  • Attorney involvement. Because attorney fees are generally the bulk of patent costs, some inventors consider omitting legal help altogether. When compared with the initial costs of DIY patents, traditional patents involving an attorney will involve more expense. However, because intellectual property attorneys have in-depth knowledge of the patent application process and know how to professionally prepare an appropriate application, you can rest easy knowing you’re legally protected. Like everything else in life, you do get what you pay for when it comes to patenting.

Though not the end-all list of all patent costs, the above factors play a large role in determining what you’ll ultimately pay to apply for a patent.

DIY Patents: Are They Right for You?

As mentioned previously, it is possible to search for patents and complete the application yourself. Some inventors feel that they are the best person to explain the technical aspects of an invention anyway, so why pay someone else? Before choosing this option, consider the drawbacks of DIY patents.

  • Nailing the claims section. Though most inventors believe the technical aspect of their invention is the most important when filing a patent application, professionals know it’s truly the claims section that carries the bulk of legal weight. Failure to complete this section properly leaves inventors and their creations vulnerable in matters of infringement and validity ultimately costing the inventor everything.
  • Mastering legal language. For those without a legal background, legalese seems like an entirely new language. If patent applications aren’t filed with meticulous attention to every word therein, inventors ultimately suffer the consequences when their application is reviewed with a fine-tooth comb.
  • Post-filing risks. Completing a patent application is intended to uncover similar patents, pending lawsuits or litigation involving other inventions, and bring other agreements and contracts to light. If information is missing or incomplete once reviewed by a patent officer, your patented invention may not have enough legal weight to prosecute claims against similar products.

Filing a patent application yourself might avoid steep attorney fees in the beginning, but will most likely not offer you any real protection. In the event of litigation, a self-filed patent is at risk of severe scrutiny by any legal entity and may not hold its weight if a similar invention comes along. If the invention is as good as you think it is, you should expect copycats to hit the market soon after launch. For inventors, this could mean loss of equity in their invention and inability to access legal recourse should a competitor enter the market.

Are Patents Worth The Cost?

This can really only be determined by the inventor. Nobody is going to hold a gun to your head and force you to get a patent on your invention. Some inventors avoid the patent route altogether and just start marketing their invention. The major question you need to ask yourself is, “Would you mind someone else copying and profiting off of your invention idea for free?”

If that answer is yes, try to determine how much money you can generate from the patent and see if it covers your patenting cost.  That would be a good place to start. For some, success isn’t defined by money and getting an issued patent is on their bucket list? Use our patent calculator below to determine what the average cost is for your invention.

Choose Patents Wisely

It costs as much as you’re willing to put into it and offers a certain level of protection based on your chosen filing method. While DIY patents are an option, many inventors find that investing in a knowledgeable patent attorney or agent to handle the process is well worth the cost.

So, how much does a patent cost? As you can see, answering this question is very similar to answering the question, “How much does a house cost?” A one bedroom apartment in Flint, Michigan will fare way less than it would if it were moved to Beverly Hills, CA.

Unfortunately, the best answer really is… “It depends.”

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How to Become an Inventor, and How to Patent My Idea by Hiring a Professional.

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How To Become an Inventor

How to Become an Inventor

Have you ever wondered how to become an inventor? Are you ready to take your idea and make it something special that the world needs? You may want to create the next big thing, but you may be unsure where to start. On the other hand, you may want to learn how to become an inventor. If you want to learn how to patent your idea and achieve your goals, the first thing to do is to examine the best methods for doing so. In short, when you hire a professional, you will get exceptional service and incredible support throughout the process.

Find Your Inspiration: Patent My Idea

Patent My IdeaUltimately, many people strive to patent their idea. They have good ideas, but they lack the structure to pull it all together.
Consider a few tips on how to stand out and succeed in this diverse patent world.

First, look at the marketplace to notice what’s missing. What do you have to offer to solve a problem or achieve a goal? Is there something you struggle with daily that you wish you could have a simpler solution for? Consider the marketplace for this idea. Is there competition? Is someone else solving the problem already?

Consider what an existing product doesn’t do that it should. Sometimes, a basic product is in the marketplace, but it is missing some type of functionality or feature that would solve a problem or improve its usefulness. You could create something that resolves this lack of feature.

On the other hand, you may have an idea that is something no one has ever thought about before. You may have a novel idea that adds value to your life or solves a problem that someone else has. It is new, never thought about, and unique from other marketplace items.

Which area does your invention fall into? You may have an idea and even a prototype. You may have just a thought and you want to see what your options are. No matter what steps you take, you need to hire a professional.

Hiring a Professional to Help Patent My Idea is Important

Hiring a ProfessionalOnce you find the perfect idea or created an invention, do not apply for a patent directly. Rather, you need to work with a professional. Our team will work with your hand-in-hand throughout the patent process. It’s long, confusing, and often gives you just one chance to prove your idea or invention is unique enough to be your own. We’ll help you develop, patent, and market your idea so that you can achieve your goals.

When you work with our team, you’ll have your idea reviewed for free by our experts. We’ll help you to fully research your product or idea. Then, we’ll work with you to get it protected so no one else can profit from your idea.

You can learn how to become an inventor when you work with our skilled and experienced team. We’ll help you to take your raw, basic idea and to make it a profitable, successful invention. Are you ready to achieve your goals? Hiring a professional to assist you in the process of obtaining a patent is all you need to do in order to be successful .


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Cheap Patent

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Cheap Patent

patent applicationThis term is rather elusive as there is no such thing as a cheap patent. As with most things in life filing and obtaining a patent is not free and most would not find it cheap. This is not to hinder anyone’s hopes or desires in seeking a patent. It is to be used more as reference that anything worth obtaining never comes cheap. This is also not to say the United States Patent and Trademark Office has any hidden fees. All patent application and maintenance fees can be found on the USPTO website.

Filing a Utility Patent Application

The utility patent application is the most expensive of the three possible patents, the others being design and plant patents. The cost to file a basic utility patent application in the United States is $330 and independent claims will cost $220, as long as the claims do not exceed twenty. It is to be noted claims exceeding twenty will cost the inventor more.

Once the Application is Filed

After reviewing the utility patent application fees one might think there is such a thing as a cheap patent, as those costs are not staggering. However, an inventor must be made aware of other fees to follow the application. A utility search conducted by the USPTO will cost an inventor $540 and the application examination is $220. These fees are required, because the USPTO must insure that the patent does not already exist for the invention. Paying these fees does not ensure a patent will be granted.

The Application is a Success

If a utility patent is granted to the inventor a fee to issue the patent must then be paid. The cost to issue a utility patent is $1510. The patent wound then be recognized by the USPTO and a patent number would be given. In order for an inventor to continue to hold the rights to that patent maintenance fees must then be paid. An inventor that wants to maintain rights to their patent must pay fees at 3 1/2, 7 1/2 and 11 1/2 years.

Cheap Patent not so Much

As one can see cheap patents do ncheap patentot exist, but that is not to say it is not worth the money or time. One must feel a great sense of victory and pride once the patent number is received. It should also be noted that there are discounted fees for individual inventors and small entity businesses for their patent application, which can save an inventor some money.

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Why Do Patents Cost So Much?

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patent costOne of the first questions that inventors want to know as they look to get a patent is, of course, what is the patent cost? If you’re having trouble finding a straightforward answer to this question, that’s probably because there is none! Remember that patents are legal documents processed by the federal government, and as a result, the process can be somewhat complicated.

Type of Patent

On the most basic level, the cost of filing a patent depends upon the type of patent being filed. Provisional Patent Applications cost less, but eventually need to be upgraded to a permanent patent. Design Patent Applications cost less because they only include visual appearance. The most common type of application, a Utility Patent Application, runs more but includes engineering specifications, legal claims, and more.

Other Patent Cost Fees

In addition to the Application Filing Fees, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has a number of other fees which are assessed at various times in the patent process. These include Search Fees, Examination Fees, additional fees for large applications, and the like. Many of these individual fees can run in the neighborhood of several hundred dollars.

Issuance Fees

In addition to the costs associated with applying for a patent, so-called Issuance Fees must be paid if the application is successful. This covers the cost of turning the application into the form of a final, issued patent, incorporating the new patent into the USPTO system, and the like. Issuance Fees also vary greatly based on the type of application and are generally higher than the application fees.

Hire a Professional

Hire a ProfessionalMost inventors choose hire a professional that specializes in the field of patent applications. This involves legal fees that vary based on how complex the invention is. However, the chance of successfully getting a patent is much higher with the help of a professional, saving money which is otherwise spent on applications that never turn into patents.

In Summary

The only way to find out how much a patent will cost is to actually do it. In general, most inventors end up spending several thousand dollars. Another good step is to hire a professional who can give a more accurate estimate of your specific project, and how much your patent cost.

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Invention Timeframe

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 Here’s the Invention Time Frame

Most first time inventors aren’t familiar with all of the steps that go into patenting an invention. In this article, we’ll review all of the steps in the invention timeline to see what it takes and how long it takes to turn an idea into a patent.

Invention Time Frame

 Initial Concept

The first step is coming up with an idea! Most inventors does this by identifying a problem in the current market, figuring out what would fix this, and figuring out how to construct a product that would incorporate these features. Once a final concept is made known to anyone but the inventor, they have one year to contact a company and get a Patent Application filed.

Research And Development

The next step is to contact a professional company for a patent search. A professional will perform a detailed patent search on the millions of existing patents to ensure that the invention has not been done before. Sometimes, the invention may be modified or improved during this period. Once this is accomplished, the company will generally help recommend a patent type. This process generally takes only a couple of months or weeks.

Preparing An Application

ResearchOnce the research and development is complete, a licensed Patent Agent or Attorney will help to prepare a patent application. This involves drafting detailed engineering specifications, preparing artworks, and drafting the legal claims for the Patent Application. During this time, the inventor is deeply involved in making sure that the professional’s work matches the inventor’s vision. The application is usually filed within one year of the start of research, if not sooner.

Application Filed!

Once the application is filed, it’s up to the U.S. Patent Office to review the application before issuing a patent. During this time, the invention can be marketed to companies as a “patent pending”. The Patent Office can come back with questions, comments, and corrections to the patent application, which are handled by the hired professional. Getting a patent issued can take several years depending on the patent type, but as mentioned, most inventors begin pitching their idea while they wait.

Patent Issued!

Once a patent is issued, the inventor has sole intellectual property rights to their patented invention for up to twenty years depending on the patent type. The only step left now in the invention time frame is to enjoy having successfully patented an idea.


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