One of the things that many people ask once they've decided to get a patent is whether or not they need a lawyer for the process. Your decision of whether or not to get a lawyer can determine whether or not your patent is written properly, so it's important to understand how a patent lawyer, like those at Kaufhold & Dix Patent Law, can help.
Do you have to have a patent attorney to get a patent?
Getting a patent is mostly a matter of writing the correct documents and filing the proper paperwork, and this can be done with or without the help of a patent lawyer. Many people who own patents have managed to do so without legal representation.
When is it a good idea to hire a patent attorney?
Although many people can benefit from hiring a lawyer to help them with their patent, some people benefit more than others. You should definitely consider hiring a patent attorney if one or more of the following things are true:
- You're filing your patent in English but are not a native English speaker. Patents are written in technical language, and much of that language is arcane. This can be difficult even for native English speakers, but is especially challenging for people that speak English as a second or third language.
- You don't have time to do the research. There are books and self-help guides that can help you learn how to file your own patent, but if you don't have time to read the literature or research the process yourself, it's better to hire a lawyer.
- You're not comfortable writing or confident in your writing skills. Filing a patent involves a lot of writing, but if you're not a skilled writer, you won't be able to write a patent that will properly protect your invention.
- You don't want to be responsible for meeting deadlines. Patents are filed on a timeline. If you're very busy and have a hard time keeping up with deadlines, you may be better off hiring a professional.
Even if you plan to write the patent on your own, it's still a good idea to pay a lesser amount to consult with a patent attorney once or twice along the way. He or she can look over your documentation and may be able to give you guidance.
Contact a Patent Lawyer Today To Find Out More
Patent lawyers know how to use the dense technical language required to write a patent. In addition, hiring a lawyer will help take the pressure of filing paperwork off of your shoulders. To find out more about how a patent lawyer can help you with this process, contact an experienced attorney today.