This is my continued progress to try and license an idea, you may want to read the previous parts first:
Part 1) Just Started Inventright Course on How to License your Invention Ideas
Part 2) Review of Progress to Learn about Licensing Invention Ideas on the InventRight Course
Part 3) I Suck at Inventing, What About You?
So it was time for me to file a US provisional patent for my candy invention idea and as much as I was not looking forward to, it I did it. I mentioned in my last post about my candy invention that I had bought a book called The Patent Writer that I was to going to read. Well I tried it, but I didn’t like it. It just seemed very complicated and disjointed so I decided to invest in some Provisional Patent writing software called Patent Wizard (see note end of post).
Patent Wizard only runs on PC so I had to wind up my old PC laptop to get it running. The software basically takes you through a series of screens where you fill in the blanks. There is a help section on the left you can refer to which is ok, but I was still unsure of some bits and ended up buying the kindle version of the book Patent Pending in 24 hours as a supplement. After filling in all the necessary spaces in patent wizard (I had already prepared my drawings beforehand) the software gives you two options to either output to Word or HTML. This was slightly annoying as I actually use Open Office/Neo Office (which are very similar to Microsoft office but open source and free) and the software would only let you output as word if you actually had it on your machine. If only it would have just let me output it as a doc or Word File as Open Office will open these quite happily. I therefore went the HTML route and then cut and paste the text into a document. The provisional patent is output so all the legal terminology has been added in for you though I did find I had to edit my wording slightly so it made more sense with what was supplied.
Whether the Patent Wizard software is worth it or not, I am not quite sure, you could definitely do it without it by following some examples, but it makes it a bit easier. The book Patent Pending in 24 hours however, was definitely worth it though, it was easy to follow and told you what you needed to know rather than anything superfluous. It was also a godsend when I decided to file the patent online through the USPTO website. Why is it, that any forms that governments create require a degree in gibberish to complete them? I found myself working through the form and thinking, “well where the bleep am I supposed to find that information then”. It wasn’t even very obvious what forms I needed to fill in to accompany the application. After much searching and reference to Patent Pending in 24 hours, which guided you through the online process (though clearly the USPTO website had changed a little from the book) I finally finished.
Whew! I now have my patent pending and hopefully it might be fractionally easier next time.