A utility patent is granted based on an inventions complete novelty, and the usefulness of the invention. A utility patent lasts for a term of 20 years, and requires a patent fee based on the acceptance of the patent application.
Filing a patent is best done with the assistance of a patent lawyer, one to help avoid the potential for patent infringement, and two, to be sure that the details, the organization, and the paperwork necessary to file for a patent is all in perfect order before sending off the paperwork. The U.S. Patent Office is looking for professional presentations and a detailed explanation of the usefulness and creativeness of the utility in which is being applied for as explained in https://sites.duke.edu/perspective/2018/11/12/bringing-ideas-to-the-world-with-inventhelp/.
A utility patent can be applied for at a nominal fee of just under $400, plus patent lawyer expenses. While it is not critical to have a patent lawyer assist in patent filing, a patent lawyer is much more reliable than a patent service. Patent lawyers are well versed in patent infringement law and can protect your rights on a much deeper level than a patent service.
Patent lawyers cover all aspects of patent infringement law while a patent service is interested in grabbing a slice of the inventor’s pie where applicable. The U.S. Patent Office prefers dealing with patent lawyers, as there are few limitations that patent services must acquire in order to call themselves a patent service. Patent lawyers are simply much more professional.
Filing for a utility patent with the U.S. Patent Office is a fairly long process. While you are able to place the ever recognizable patent pending emblem on your invention the instant your patent lawyer mails off your completed patent application, you will not receive a patent for another two years in most cases and you can read why on https://blogs.harvard.edu/blockchain/the-realities-and-constraints-of-the-new-tech-age-inventhelp-to-the-rescue-of-struggling-inventors/.
At that time there will be additional patent filing fees. A qualified patent lawyer can explain all the details if you present a potentially patentable product in your consultation. The U.S Patent Office also requires the inventor to be able to determine the ease and cost of which the utility they are requesting to patent can be produced, marketed, and therefore brought to the public’s service.