Patents - When and Where to Buy Them
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Are you an inventor? If you are, or if you have been in the past, you may want to think about getting a patent for those inventions!
Creative thinkers need to come up with great ideas that can be used to solve a number of daily occurring problems in our lives. For these thinkers, protecting their idea is the foremost concern as they are bombarded with unique ideas and seldom get them across to the market. In order to make them available as a marketable product, they need patents to protect them.
Patents are authority assigned to individual owners of creative ideas. They are given a governmental certification for inventing a unique idea. Most people ask as to when they should buy patents?
First of all you need to understand how the patent works before you consider buying one for your idea. in Canada, you will want to check in with the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) (found here: http://www.cipo.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/cipointernet-internetopic.nsf/eng/Home) which can help you with considerations before buying patents. They administer patents to the idea inventors. Be sure that you file your patent under a year otherwise you may lose the chance to file it.
Before buying the patents for your idea you should consider looking for duplications. It is possible that your idea may be presented by somebody else already before you did. It is important to protect the unique ideas however getting an idea registered that exists long before you invent, is not legal.
Also, look out for fraudulent acts while registering patents. There are many who claim to register patents for your ideas. Be sure that you consult the CIPO before getting the process initiated. The main reason to purchase a patent is to protect and preserve your creativity so that others may not benefit from it for personal gain or use it to exploit an opportunity illegally. By purchasing a patent you exclude others from making, using, selling or importing your invention.