A few broad concepts about acquiring patent protection:
DO NOT PUBLICALLY DISCLOSE YOUR IDEA!! Disclosure of your idea has legal implications both in the United States and in other jurisdictions, some quite severe. Even getting your idea prototyped or talking to a friend about helping to provide funding to develop the idea can adversely affect your rights. Further, we hear sad stories from clients about dishonest actors stealing the idea... "If only I had not told that guy!" Call Vincent Re PLLC today to discuss how to proceed.
Getting an issued patent for your idea takes at least 2 to 3 years. In most cases, the government does not address the patentability of your application until 18 to 24 months after the application is filed. However, filing an application permits you to share the invention with potential investors or customers without being worried about losing your patent rights or having your idea stolen. Further, you can market your invention as "patent pending" after your application is filed
Acquiring a patent costs money, but you can get some answers before investing in a full patent application. Vincent Re PLLC can conduct a patentability search for you, providing you with more information about what is already disclosed or patented. Vincent Re PLLC can also file an inexpensive provisional patent application, a temporary placeholder for your invention, permitting you to look for investors or customers before making the investment in the full non-provisional application.