Who can help with new inventions?
On One Hand: Patent OfficeThe United States Patent Office can help you protect your new ideas, even before it is thoroughly developed. You can file a Provisional Patent Application with the Patent Office, and they will protect your idea for up to twelve months. You can then develop and test your invention under the “patent pending” status.On the Other: Evaluation of Your IdeasYou can submit your prototype, proposal, or even just an idea for a new invention to a product evaluation service. They will objectively and confidentially review your invention and evaluate its earning potential in the commercial market. The product evaluation service will assess the risk for you if you decide to go further in development.Bottom LineThe United States Patent Office can help protect your new invention under a “patent pending” status while you complete development and testing. However, you will also need objective evaluation, which a third party product evaluation service can provide.