In the age of globalization, it is more important than ever to protect your patents. A patent is a right to exclude others from making, using, or selling an invention for a certain number of years. The term “patent” derives from the word “to make public.” A patent is also known as intellectual property, and it can be granted by governments to inventors or their assignees for any new and useful idea, process, machine, article of manufacture, or composition of matter.
The following are three ways on how to protect patents:
1) You should apply for protection before disclosing the information about how your product works so that competitors cannot copy your design.
2) You should register with the International Trade Commission to prevent the importation of infringing products into the U.S., which helps reduce competition against your patented product.
3) Apply for a trademark and copyright to help identify how the products are used, such as how it’s marketed or described in advertising materials.
Remember that a patent is a result of your intellect, so it is very important that you register it. Use a patent attorney, patent your idea before releasing it into the public domain, and register with an international patent office. That way, you will get the credit and revenues that you deserve if it’s used.