Patents are not just reserved for physical inventions. You can also patent a method or process if you choose to. Many patents of this type actually end up being quite valuable. If you need help determining whether or not you should try and patent something that you have created, an Orange County, California patent lawyer can help you figure out if your invented method or process is eligible for a patent. If it is, we can help guide you through the process.

What Are the Requirements for Patenting a Method or Process?

Not just any method or process can be patentable. First of all, it has to be more than just an idea. You have to put the method or process into practice before you decide to patent it.

The method must also be novel and nonobvious. This is a new way to do things and a layman would not look at the problem you are trying to solve and come up with the exact same solution.

This may seem obvious, but the process you are introducing must also be useful. Something less effective than current methods or a technique that can only be seen as a novelty at best may not be possible to patent.

Finally, this method cannot have been exposed to the public. That step must wait until after a patent application is filed.

How Can I Apply to Patent My Method or Process?

When you are ready to patent your method or process, you should fill out a utility patent application. Your application should offer a complete description of the method you have invented and how it works with currently used technology or equipment.

Once submitted, your application will be reviewed by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The USPTO may respond and ask you to make amendments to the application or counter-arguments that can overcome any objections that they have to your method or process of getting its patent. Finally, your patent application can be accepted or rejected.

Do I Need a Lawyer?

You are not required to hire a lawyer when patenting a method or process, but it can be beneficial to have a legal professional on your side during this process. Filing for a patent requires quite a bit of time and paperwork. You want to be sure that you are doing everything right. A lawyer from our firm can help you submit a complete application to the United States Patent and Trademark Office in a timely manner.

Contact Our Law Firm Today

If you have invented something interesting that could end up being profitable, you need to protect it. Contact Burns Patent Law and schedule a consultation with our team. We would love to learn more about your invention and help you evaluate its eligibility for a patent.