If you read our previous post, then you read over some of the advantages of getting a patent versus keeping it as a trade secret.
If you did decide that filing a patent is for you, then you will need to find a quality patent attorney to help you through the process. Before you make the final decision on this, there is a few key things you should consider.
Ensure the lawyer is well-practiced in the patent field of law. Just because they’ve been a lawyer for 20 years is actually not very relevant, 5 years practicing in patent law is more useful than 25 in another field, since the laws vary so wildly and are so complex in each individual field. Patent law in particular is incredibly complex, so make sure you’re getting a patent lawyer that knows exactly what they are doing.
Edmonton is a city with a population of over 1 million within it’s metro, so you will have lots of options for patent lawyers in Edmonton. Take your time to find the right lawyer, and use all the available resources to review your decision and make sure it’s the right one.
After you have decided on which lawyer you will go with, start by booking a one-hour consultation. Usually, a one-hour consultation with the right lawyer will be enough for them to give you some great info. In particular, they should be able to determine whether your claim has a real chance, or how rigorous the process will be.
From there on, you can either decide to move forward and try to claim a patent, or whether you will drop your pursuit due to failing to meet one of the qualifications.
If you want further information before you get too serious with your application, the visit the Canadian guide on patent applications directly from the government here.
I’ve also included this video below, to give you a little deeper look on the specific costs associated with filing a patent.