Magazines, books, comics, clothing, and a ton of other products have specialized trademarks on them. These trademarks are used to acknowledge the source of the products. For written works, art, and anything in the artistic spectrum, copyright laws apply. Patents are different from trademarks or copyright because they deal solely with an invention of some sort. Before applying for a patent, you should always be sure that your invention is up to standards and ready to be patented.
Applying for a patent can be a difficult process. This process can be done by yourself or you can entrust the help from a hired professional. Filing for a patent requires that the person filing submit claims, specifications, and drawings, which are required within certain situations.
- Specifications: Each invention must have a written description explaining exactly what it is, how it was made and how it functions.
- Claims: Claims are used to help determine what the invention is. When filing for a patent, a claim is used to set the invention apart from others.
- Drawings: If the invention is complex, there may be requirements for drawings depicting each function of the invention along with the end result.