A patent in the United States is granted by the Patent and Trademark Office and lasts for either 14 or 20 years from the moment of issuance depending on the type of patent involved. The decision to grant a patent is made after the patent examiner evaluates the application to determine whether it meets the standards of patentability.
The application is usually drafted by a patent attorney or a patenting agency, like InventHelp. The patent attorney must be admitted to practice before the Patent Office. Attorney have to go to school after law school and pass the Patent examine before they can practice before they can practice patent law.
The patent attorney’s special technical expertise is need to draft the patent application and to guide its prosecution through the administrative procedures. The administrative procedures can be long, complicated, and expensive.
The patent application consists of three parts: (1) the claims; (2) the drawings; and (3) the specification. The numbered claims, found at the end of the patent document, determine the scope of the patent and are critical in deciding whether the patent has been infringed upon or not after it has been granted.
The patent application also includes a specification and drawings showing the preferred embodiment of the invention and the disclosure of the best means of practicing and/or using it as explained in https://blogs.ubc.ca/inventhelpreviews/.
The administrative process leading to issuance of the patent, as earlier eluded to, can take years and thousands of dollars in legal fees. Thus, a patent should be sought only after careful consideration of the chances for success in its issuance and its eventually validity if challenged in a court of law.