I think I have invented something and I should protect it, but I am not sure what type of protection I should seek. What should I do?
You should understand the special feature(s) of your creation in order to identify the type of protection that is suitable. An example below shows various features of a website which can be protected in different ways. Consult an intellectual property advisor to provide you with a better understanding.
Source: World Intellectual Property Organization
I would like to apply for a patent for my invention. What should I do?
I have identified that my invention is very likely to be patentable. What’s next?
A patent agent has drafted the patent document for me. How should I check the document?
The most important part of a patent document is the section containing claims, which specify the protection coverage for your invention. Check the claims carefully to ensure the features in your invention that you wish to protect are not left out of the claims. If any feature cannot be claimed or is not found in the claims section, check with the patent agent the reason it appears way.
Next, you may be asked to fill out a form for appointment of an agent, which authorises the agent to act on your behalf in any correspondence relating to the patent application.
Your application may also require a letter of statement justifying the applicant’s right. If you are not the inventor, this letter needs to be signed by the inventor to justify your rights as an applicant for the patent. If you are the inventor, this letter is not required.
Check the details carefully and consult your patent agent if there is any mistake. It is best to amend such mistake (if any) as early as possible to prevent additional cost that may be incurred from having to submit an official amendment later.