US Patent and Trademark Office: Security For Your Products, Business & Ideas

By Joseph Savard

People are always coming up with different ways of creating income, it's only natural. Some people will invent all sorts of revolutionary products that change the marketplace forever.

If you have a killer idea which you think can result in creating income for yourself, then the most natural thing for you to do should be to market that idea and make a profit from it.

Unfortunately, starting a business can be a difficult task. When starting a business you must realize that there are different laws that must be followed.

The intellectual property law is designed in order to protect the ideas, businesses, trademarks and inventions of others. Before you start claiming that an idea or invention is yours you must patent it at the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

The laws for patents and trademarks are unique so they will require that you use a lawyer that specializes in this type of law.

It is also important that before you patent your idea, you learn what the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is all about. you must know what they do and what their mission is in order for you to fully understand the importance of getting your business, ideas and inventions patented.

The USPTO's goal is to strengthen the national economy by implementing laws of patents and trademarks. The USPTO is even responsible for advising the President of the United States and its administration as well as the Secretary of Commerce about the implementation of patent, trademark and copyright protection in the country.

So basically, the USPTO is responsible for every aspect of intellectual property.

The USPTO currently employs around 7,300 employees. Approximately 3,000 of their employees are patent examines. The patent examiners are engineers and scientists who don't have law degrees.

Around 400 of their employees are trademark examining lawyers who are responsible for the legal side of things. All of the remaining staff are support staff that assist the main personnel of the USPTO.

There are tons of patents from different companies pouring in year after year to the USPTO. In fact, as of March 2006, the USPTO has issued over seven million different patents worldwide and the number continues to skyrocket.

When you go to patent your idea you must take in to account that getting a patent can be a complicated process. if you are not familiar with intellectual property law, then you should really consider getting a lawyer that is a leading expert in this field.

The lawyer will be responsible for leading you through the step-by-step process for getting your patent with the USPTO. This will make the entire process flow much easier and will save you a boat load of stress.

Even the the process can be complicated, if you are starting a business or already own one, then you must consider getting a trademark for your business. Your trademark will help people relate your product with your company, you will begin to create "brand awareness."

Your business should have a unique logo. Your trademark must also be registered with the USPTO in order to protect your business from piracy.

The USPTO staff will examine your business logo and name in order to make sure that it is unique. There is a step-by-step process for this which the USPTO will use to examine your business trademark. There of course is also certain rules that they will apply in order to figure out if your trademark is acceptable or not.

These are the different types of things that you must take into consideration when you go to get your invention or trademark patented or copyrighted. It is critical that you patent your inventions and copyright your designs in order to protect it from piracy.

By getting a patent you are assured that no one will be able to copy it without your permission. If anyone copies your patent or trademark they are breaking the law within the bounds of the anti-piracy law. Protect your business and ideas today, get them trademarked and patented at the US Patent and Trademark Office.

Joseph Savard has been in the business of trademarking for 15 years now and is also the best selling author of the ebook "The Trademarking Handbook" Check out his website for your guide on how to register a trademark now at

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