If you or your business created something unique, an invention that has commercial potential, you may wish to protect your invention from being stolen. Without protecting an invention, other people or businesses can copy the creation for their own commercial purposes. There are three ways in which inventions can be protected. However, it should be noted that this is a fairly specialised field.
Despite the fact that you may file a provisional patent application on your own or get the office to assist you, it is required by law to have a patent attorney assist you to file a complete patent.
Is my invention unique? How do I find out?
If you’re concerned about the originality of your invention, a search on the patent databases available online could be done either by you or by your patent attorney. To be considered original, the invention must not be known or used anywhere in the world.
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