Inventor’s patent rights are designed to help keep innovators from being taken advantage of by businesses that may be interested in stealing their ideas. While in some cases it may seem like a problem, it really isn’t. Inventors themselves will often contribute their idea to the world and benefit from it. Without them, there would be no inventions. It is those that benefit from these innovations that we need to recognize when we are talking about a “good” inventor.
One of the biggest contributions that many inventors make is to the world. Often, inventors receive all of their financial rewards from their invention. However, in other cases, they don’t receive any money at all for their idea. An example of this would be the light bulb. Before the invention of the light bulb, people were searching for a way to produce light without having to use electricity.
A great majority of the inventor’s see their invention as contributing to society and contributing to the quality of life. This is what makes an invention “good.” The fact that your invention improves the quality of life is what makes it worthy of a patent. When you receive a patent on your discovery, you do not receive a monetary compensation. Instead, you are credited for your work and development of the invention. This can be quite valuable to an innovator and the government tends to recognize this as well.
There are a few things that people shouldn’t do when attempting to get a patent. One of these is submitting multiple patents. Too many inventors will submit their inventions for consideration. The USPTO receives so many inventions each year that it has developed a system to determine which are truly unique and have enough novelty to warrant being filed for a patent. To make your invention stand out you need to be able to show why your competitor’s invention was not patentable. Additionally, you need to show that your product is technically new and will provide some benefit over what was previously produced.
Another mistake that many first time inventors make is submitting their inventions to the wrong category. Most inventors choose to file their invention in the technological area. While there is nothing wrong with doing this, you must make sure that your invention can be useful to the public. It is important to distinguish your product from similar products that have already been produced. If you fail to distinguish yourself in this way, the USPTO will reject your application.
One final mistake that first time inventors make is contacting more than one entity for protection. Typically, when a product or technology is created by two or more individuals it will be eligible for a patent. However, if your product is not eligible for a patent because it was not submitted to more than one entity for protection, you may not be issued a patent. In addition, only those patent applications that include information about the original creation will be accepted.