“Patent” – what does it mean and what is it?

“Patent” is:

  1. A 20 year right to prevent others from making, importing or selling your product.
  2. Granted for inventions that are “new” and “not obvious”.
  3. A process that starts with a Provisional patent / Patent Pending Number ($99).
  4. Often referred to as a provisional patent, PPA, complete patent, PCT / international patent or national phase patent.

See more: Understanding patents

Start the patent process by filing a provisional patent application and getting a worldwide Patent Pending Number through the GlobalIPCo online patent filing system. The process takes less than 5 minutes and costs only $199. Thereafter, you can sell your product and “test the market” worldwide.

The Patent Pending Number protects your right to patent the invention “worldwide” for a year. If your product is a success, file a PCT complete patent application in a year’s time.

How to get a Patent Pending Number:

  1. Go to GlobalIPCo and register.
  2. Input applicant and inventor details.
  3. Upload a document (with sketch) that “fully described” the invention Try our Patent Template.
  4. Sign, scan and upload the forms.
  5. Pay $199 by credit card.

That’s it. Within a business day, you will receive a provisional patent filing receipt and a Patent Pending Number. Stamp your product with the Patent Pending Number – this will scare off competitors and “inform” potential customers that your product is “new” – and start selling your product!

Tip: Focus on marketing your product, because the next patent step that needs to be taken is a long way off.

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