When you have a well-developed idea for an invention, acquiring a patent can be a good idea. Obtaining a patent will give you the right to take legal action against anyone who infringes on your intellectual property. Your patent application could be rejected if your invention does not qualify or your application contains false information.

What are some easily preventable mistakes?

Mistakes could limit the protection a patent gives you. To increase the chances of receiving approval, be careful not to make the following patent mistakes:

  • Failing to meet the requirements: For your invention to be patentable, it needs to provide a purpose, be unique and not be readily apparent.
  • Concentrating on the use: When drafting your application, focus on the design, structure and purpose of your device. You may want to include what your invention is made of and what it looks like.
  • Narrowing your range too much: When describing your product, you may want to give a wide-ranging explanation of how it is used. Narrowing your focus too much might limit the opportunity to discover new uses for your product.
  • Missing deadlines: If you fail to submit your application in time, it could receive a rejection.

Avoiding these mistakes could help your application be approved and join the other 52.8 percent of patents approved last year, according to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

If you have come up with an invention that meets the requirements, you might want to get in touch with a patent law attorney. An attorney will understand all the minute details about patents and can help you avoid making costly mistakes.