When you set up your appointment with a patent attorney, most patent attorneys will send you an invention disclosure form to fill out. This form will ask you about your invention, the problems it solves, when it was invented, and so on. It will also ask you about related or similar inventions of which you are aware. Last but not least, it will ask you exactly what it is that makes your invention new, and novel, when compared to everything that is already out there.
When you meet with your patent attorney or a patent agency, such as Invent Help, it is helpful to bring drawings or photographs (if available) of your invention. Try to answer all of the questions on the invention disclosure form before meeting with your patent attorney.
Meeting With A Patent Attorney
Your initial consultation should serve two purposes. One, to help you decide if you need to patent your invention. Two, to decide if you want this patent attorney to represent you.
The patent attorney will ask you to describe your invention, how it is made and used. And will ask you what makes your invention an improvement over existing products or processes.
You should also discuss the market for your invention, to determine whether the market would justify paying for a patent. Finally, the patent attorney should give you an overview of the patent process, costs, and timeline so that you can decide whether you would like to proceed with a patent search and/or patent application.
Do You Need To File For A Patent Right Now?
Your patent attorney will also ask you if you have disclosed, offered for sale, or otherwise used your invention in public. This is an important question because it may determine whether or not you can file for patent on your invention.
If you have disclosed, offered for sale or otherwise used your invention in public, you have exactly one year from the date of first public use in which to file for a patent. If you fail to file your application before the expiration of this one-year “grace period” you will be barred from receiving a patent.
It is also important to note that many foreign countries do not have a “grace period”. In order to protect your rights to a foreign patent, you must make sure to file for a patent before using or otherwise disclosing your invention in public. So getting support from InventHelp in the process would be beneficial.
Most attorneys offer a free initial consultation, and should be able to give you good advice as to whether you would benefit from patenting your invention, and what you need to do in the meantime to protect your rights.