When an inventor comes up with a new idea, it is possible for other people to try and steal the idea and make it their own. This is why it is advisable to get a US pending patent in order to stop this from happening. To get a US pending patent, one has to apply for it before their invention is finished in order to get a full patent. Getting a pending patent is not a long process and requires one to spend a less amount of money than when getting a regular patent.
Although it is not a hard process, there are many obstacles that may hinder one from getting the patent. The application process can be done with an attorney or on your own. The attorney is to be able to advise you on legal issues that affect the pending patent process and to file for a case in case someone else tries to steal your idea. If you are unwilling to go through the process with an attorney, the US Patent and Trademark Office can also help you apply for the patent.
When applying for the pending patent, you will need to be extremely careful as there are websites that will not give one the full information required in order to get the pending patent. Since one is supposed to apply for a regular patent later, not having applied for the pending patent appropriately could cause one to miss out on the patent.
When you are applying for your pending patent, ensure that you give full details of the invention. Leaving any details out could result to problems later on when you try to get a regular patent. It is advisable to include a detailed diagram of your invention as well as the use of the invention and how to make it.
Your idea needs to be different from any other ideas that were there before yours, otherwise you will be denied rights to your invention. If there are other inventions similar to yours, ensure that you do proper research so that you do not waste time working on something that has already been invented by someone else. Apart from that, list down the difference between your invention and that which is similar to yours in the application process. If you want to learn more about similar inventions, you can do so at the Patent and Trademark Depository Library.
When you apply for a pending patent status, you have full rights to present it to potential buyers as your own. The pending patent will be valid until the day you will apply for a regular patent or if you stop working on your invention completely. If you abandon your invention, then the pending patent is null and another party can have rights to the same invention if they create it.
You are supposed to file for a regular patent application a year after filing for the pending patent application or else you will risk losing the rights to someone else.