The Basics on Patent Protection for Your Client: Your Main Questions Answered
Patent protection is an incredibly powerful thing. Not only does it ensure that the inventor or innovator is allowed their full rights regarding the proceeds from an invention or innovation, it also ensures that future generations of innovators are free to pursue their dreams and fulfill their ambitions of creating new things.
However, it often seems that the creative minds of today are not so much concerned with the protection of their own rights – and the proceeds of their inventions or innovations – as much as helping the world and actually doing good. Lofty ideals, to be sure, and to be admired; yet it may turn out expensive and a sorrowful tale if the rights of the inventor or innovator are not protected in the proper way. Here are the basics on patent protection for your client: your main questions answered.
The benefits of a patent
The truth is that whenever you invent something new, it becomes your intellectual property – automatically. That’s the law. The problem is not the law – the problem is proving it. That’s where the patent comes in. It gives them the legal documentation to prove to anyone that they are the owner of the idea, and that they alone should benefit from it. Here are just some of the advantages:
They can stop any other party from using, copying or otherwise abusing their idea or product without their permission
They can ensure competitors stay at bay since they cannot use the invention or innovation without their permission
They are able to document their invention or invention and therefore market it as a real product, to sell or rent out to whomever they choose, at whatever price they choose.
If your client doesn’t get the patent:
They are not protected by law and will need to prove that others abused their idea without their permission – and this can be an expensive and very burdensome process, with much risk.
It’s an investment
It costs a little bit of money, but it’s certainly worth it, especially if they wish to go international. A professional patent attorney like you can also make it easier on both yourself and your client with the right patent writing software.
It’s important to make clear to your client that a lot of unwanted things can happen if no patent is sought from the start. Yes, the rights will always belong to them, and yes, technically speaking, all benefits and proceeds from that invention or innovation should benefit them – but that’s all theory. In reality, it often requires long and expensive court cases in order to prove what has really happened and where the ideas came from. Your client needs to understand that protection is important. It would be a shame not to benefit from one’s own ideas, after all.