Every inventor should be able to safeguard his or her rights in his or her own inventions. There are many good ideas and inventions that are “stolen” by competitors and claimed as their own. While there are more informed inventors now who know how to patent their inventions, there are still a great number who do not know how to apply for one. They probably do not even know the value and importance of a patent.
Some inventors would find the patent application to be a tedious process and often do not have the funds to do so. It requires a lot of paperwork and processing them could take up a lot of time. For inventors who only invent for fun and have a separate day job, this could hinder them from applying for a patent even if their invention is really worth something. Application for a patent is often not an easy process and would undergo a series of review before it is approved.
There is also the matter of budget. Applying for a patent would often mean shelling out some cash. Sometimes the amount of cash needed would be substantial, especially for a struggling inventor. As such, application for the patent would be ignored because it simply isn’t economical for the inventor.
However, if the invention is really worth something, then the inventor should find ways to be able to get a patent for it. This could mean a lot of money for the inventor as well as due credit. For some inventors, the credit is more important than the money. If time and effort is the only issue for the inventor, then he or she can outsource the processing of the patent.
However, the inventor has to be very careful in doing so and has to ensure that the person or agency that he or she hires is reputable and trustworthy. If the duty falls on the wrong hands, then the inventor could be facing a possible intellectual theft. As such, great care has to be taken when choosing someone else to do the processing of the patent. If money is an issue, then the inventor could approach a bigger company who would be willing to shoulder the expenses in exchange for the right to use the technology or innovation.
However, this is often risky for the inventor who has no professional experience in dealings such as these. In all cases, the inventor should ask for advice from patent lawyers on the next possible steps.