A good idea is worth money; it’s a valuable like cash, real estate or jewelry. You can put your money in a bank and your valuables in a safe, but where can you put your idea for protection? In a patent issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (PTO)!

 But in order to receive the intellectual property protection a patent provides, your idea must qualify. When patenting your product or concept, the PTO requires that your invention fall into one of its five patent classes (process, machine, manufacture, composition, or “new use”) and that it be useful, novel and not obvious.

 Unfortunately, invention protection isn’t as simple as locking a safe or opening a savings account. The patent application process can be daunting. It’s long and complicated, and it requires a thorough knowledge of intellectual property, patent law and legal terminology. Understand that your patent can be rejected solely because of an error in language or application format.

 For this reason, it is recommended that you hire a patent attorney to assist you with the application process and maximize your chances of success. As you wouldn’t trust just anyone with your money, why take the risk of randomly selecting a patent lawyer to represent you?  You need to find an attorney with strong references and a high success rate of patenting inventions.

 How do you go about finding a reputable patent attorney in the Southeast? The Patent Attorney Network can refer you to the best patent lawyers and can help you make a selection that’s right for you and your idea. To learn more about patenting a product or finding the right patent attorney in the Southeast, please visit www.patentattorneynetwork.com. For a list of patent attorneys located in your particular state, click on the relevant state link below.

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