If you’re an inventor, you’re already familiar with the feeling that comes when you get a new idea and want to share it with the world. You’re excited…and a little anxious. You probably also know how important it is to patent that idea so that no one can steal it and sell your invention without compensation to you. In your excitement, you might wonder how long it takes to get a patent? Is there any way to expedite the process?
What are Some Steps to Take in Filing a Patent Application?
There are certain steps you should take to protect your invention, including:
- Hire the attorneys of Garcia-Zamor to protect your invention. We will bring our decades of legal experience to the preparation of your patent applications as well as identify other potential intellectual property protections. Do not risk your most valuable business assets by failing to hire experienced attorneys.
- File a provisional patent application. The United States is a first-to-file patent system. Placing a provisional patent application on file as soon as possible helps secure your date of invention. This can be the difference between obtaining a patent and not.
- Perform a patent search. The Garcia-Zamor attorneys will conduct a patentability search and provide you with a written opinion as to which aspects of your invention may be patentable.
- Develop a patent strategy. What kind of patents should you file? Do you want to file both design and utility patent applications? Do you wish to file a Patent Cooperation Treaty application? Do you desire foreign patent protection. We will explain your options and provide advice so that you can make a fully informed business decision.
How Long Does It Take For a Filed Patent Application to Be Initially Examined by a Patent Examiner at the US Patent and Trademark Office?
On average, the US Patent and Trademark Office takes about two and half to three and a half years to 22 months to initially review a patent application, though the actual time will vary based on which examining unit is in charge of reviewing the application. There is a type of utility application called a Track One application which is typically initially reviewed within 6-12 months. There are additional government fees for this application, but it can be worthwhile for some inventors.
The average patent application that is approved by the USPTO tends to issue approximately 2½ to 3½ years after filing.
If you want to protect your invention, start by contacting the Garcia-Zamor attorneys so that we can help you protect your most valuable business assets. Garcia-Zamor has over two decades of experience in IP law, and we’re here for you. Contact us today to learn more or to set up an appointment.