Patent an Idea
Here's a recession-beating way to patent an idea: if you describe your idea in the kind of way the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) likes to have it, then I offer the following
patent services for a fixed fee of £150:
check your draft
make any minor changes or report major changes you need to make
prepare the main invention statement/claim to cover your idea
do the patent filing on your behalf
report back on the work done, send the filing receipt, etc.
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Get your idea into a form that you can send to me for checking and
filing, following the pointers below.
Note that there are various pitfalls with this
"do-it-yourself" approach, which can be avoided to varying extents - click
here for details of other services.|
|How to prepare your draft:|
- Read through the IPO's excellent information on Applying for a Patent.
- Use my
template file as a framework, and replace the text in each section with a description of your invention.
For further assistance, there are a number of helpful factsheets available from the IPO that you can refer to
which describe each section in more detail:
|What to do with your draft:|
You may apply
directly yourself directly at the IPO, sending your draft and Form 1 either by post, fax or online
Or, if you wish to take advantage of my "fixed fee" offer:
- if you need a formal confidentiality arangement, download this Non-Disclosure Agreement
and edit the information in italics. Sign it and mail two copies to me; I will
countersign and return a copy to you.
- Download this file and enter your name and contact details.
This file also includes my Terms and Conditions. Send
it to me with your completed draft and cheque for £150 (payable to Dr S Harbron), and I will assess it for completeness. I will then either
submit your invention to the IPO, or report back to you on any shortcomings.
- Contact details are here
|What if your draft isn't
in the right form?|
|If your draft needs more than minor changes
in order to describe your invention, or you haven't drafted in the proper way,
then I will send you comments as to how I think you should amend it. You can
either make the alterations yourself, or if you prefer, I can do them for you,
which typically costs between £50 and £250, depending on how much work is
|A first patent application, often
referred to as a provisional application, gives your
invention provisional protection for a year after filing. But you can only
enforce your rights once your patent is granted. It also means that: if someone applies for a patent for the same notion after the
date on which your application is filed, and your application goes on to
publish, they will not be able to obtain
a patent for the same invention. Equally of course, any applications filed before
today that cover the same or a similar concept would prevent you from obtaining
one. But it means you can approach investors, show
prototypes, and market your invention without fear of it being "stolen". There
is value however in keeping your innovation confidential, and using a suitable
Non-Disclosure Agreement in your dealings with investors. And if you "improve"
on the concept you have disclosed in the provisional application, you should
ensure that these improvements are protected in further provisional applications
before disclosing them publicly.|
|Further action after filing:|
|Note that at this stage no
searches have been made, but the IPO can be asked to do one. This costs £180
(including the application fee of £30) and provides you with a report on what other people
have done in the area. If you have a good knowledge of the field, you may be
happy to have this done later.|
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