We all know there are a slew of patents out there, but did you know that the United States Patent and Trademark Office just filed the 11th million utility patent.
The History Of Patents
The USPTO has been around since 1790 and has hit many significant milestones. Back in June of 2018, the 10th million patent was filed.
The patent was for technology that improved laser detection and ranging, an impressive invention.
But the 11th million patent is just as impressive. The patent, which was filed in May of 2021 is for “reposition wires and methods for repository prosthetic heart valve devices within the heart chamber and related symptoms.” A patent about prosthetic heart valves? Another impressive invention.
Even though the number of patents started out low, it has grown into a phenomenon. The USPTO celebrated American’s inventions and the 11th million patent on their social media, posting about it all over their Twitter account.
Applying For a Patent
Even though it appears that about one million patents are issued every three years, earning a patent isn’t easy. If you are looking to file a patent, don’t take it lightly. Applying for a patent is a lot of work and it is best to use an Arizona patent attorney to help with all of the documentation.
Of course, if your first application is turned down, you can always file an appeal, but that is even more work. Before diving into the patent application process make sure you have the time and patience.
It is also important to do your research before diving into the patent world. There are three different types of patents, with the utility patent being the most common. Also, know that you are responsible for making sure no one infringes on your patent rights.
That means it is up to you to do the work to search for those who are stealing your idea. The USPTO doesn’t offer a program that does this for you. However, you can file a claim against the person using your idea with the USPTO to take over the investigation.
Even though it takes time and patience to receive a patent, it really is worth all of the work. If your idea is good enough to earn a patent, then it is going to be well worth the protection. In the end, all of your hard work and time will pay off when your invention is protected by a patent.