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Talk with a patent attorney. This conversation should include issues such as a description of the types of patents available, whether to file a provisional or nonprovisional application, how long the patent application process will take (it could take several years), as well as a discussion of the idea itself. For me as a patent attorney, I need to understand the idea well enough to be able to conduct research into whether the idea has already been patented and be able to write a description of the idea, with the aid of the inventor, so that the idea can be patented. This acquisition of knowledge of the idea may involve the inventor describing the idea, reviewing drawings, looking at prototypes, and even visiting the place where the idea will be produced.
Utility Patent Application Process to Issuance or Final Rejection