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Understand the Benefits of Patent Registration

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Understand the Benefits

Why patent: Reasons to file your patent now

The reason you decide to file a patent may be just one or a combination of reasons. In the simplest form, a patent protects your invention from illegal use. This means no one other than you has the right to copy, manufacture or sell your invention once it has been patented. Sound like a good enough reason to go for it doesn’t it?

But patents can also be filed for a host of other reasons:

A defensive patent protects a company from being sued by a competitor against infringement. It keeps you covered in case you do step on someone’s toes in the future.

Patents can also help during valuation. Especially if you plan on raising investment capital, they are a definite asset at such times.

Patents help in acquiring customers in the future as it sets your product apart from its competition. A patent improves the value perception for a product in the eyes of the customer and can make it more appealing.

And to wrap it up, a patent can even make your product look more desirable if you’re looking to exit the industry and are looking for potential buyers.

If you would like to know more about patents before you make a decision, feel free to explore more by reading about it in the coming sections. If you want to know how much getting your patent would cost, try our Patent Fee calculator. You can even speak to one of our experts by clicking on the call button and giving your number and we will call you back immediately! We’re here to help!


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Now for your patent Strategy: what kind of patent to go in for

If you’ve gotten this far in your patent decision journey, you would know how it affects your overall product journey. From here on, we can help you take the two most important aspects of filing your patent- the what and where.

1. What kind of patent do I file ?
2. Where to file my Patent ?

If you would like to know more about patents before you make a decision, feel free to explore more by reading about it in the coming sections. If you want to know how much getting your patent would cost, try our Patent Fee calculator. You can even speak to one of our experts by clicking on the call button and giving your number and we will call you back immediately! We’re here to help!

What is Complete Patent

A complete patent application is non provisional in nature and details all aspects of the invention including its working components and processes. It can be filed only after a thorough patent search guarantees its ‘patentability’ potential thus confirming that such a patent does not previously exist.

Why is Complete Patent

Unlike a provisional patent, a complete patent application confirms your exclusive claims over a product or invention. Precisely for this reason, it is usually filed after the product development is complete or once it has been accepted by potential customers/ investors and after having successful pilots of the product. A complete patent application increases valuation and is more desirable than a provisional patent application while looking for raising venture capital, mergers & acquisitions, licensing or strategic partnerships.

Process explained

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Types of Patent
  • 1. Provisional Patent
  • 2. Complete Patent

  • What is Provisional Patent ?
  • Why Provisional Patent ?
  • Timeline & Workflow

A provisional patent application or PPA is a simple and cost effective way to protect your product idea as its requirements are way lower than that of a complete patent or a non-provisional patent application. It requires a complete description of the invention along with a filing date. The only thing to be kept in mind however is, a complete patent application must be filed within 12 months of filing a provisional patent application; else its benefits are lost.

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If you have a good idea but need more time to build it, a provisional patent is your answer to keep your idea protected till you get there. Since it gives you the advantage of taking 12 months till you file for a complete patent application, a provisional patent can be just what you need to build your product and make it stronger till you’re ready to go all the way.

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  • What is Complete Patent ?
  • Why is Complete Patent ?
  • Timeline & Workflow

Also known as Non-provisional patent, a complete patent application mandatorily discloses the invention in complete details with all the working components and processes including the most essential part called ‘claims’ . A compete patent is an application that when filed with the Patent office will go through an examination to verify the patentability potential of the invention. It is recommended to conduct a patent search before applying a complete application to ascertain the patentability potential of the invention and understand the scope of claims. Only If the claims of the complete patent application are ultimately determined by the PTO the patent application is grated to the applicant.

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If you wanted to create an asset for your company which helps you increase your company valuation, differentiate amongst competitors for customer acquisition then filing a complete patent application is your solution. Unlike provisional patent, a complete patent is recommended to be filed once the product development is complete or the product is gaining traction amongst customers or investors. A complete patent application contributes more valuation than a provisional patent when considering raising venture capital, M&A, licensing or strategic partnership. Once filed in the most preferred country, you can within next 12 months file in any additional international country and benefit from the first filing date. Which means your subsequent international patent filings will e valid from your first filing date.

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Where to file your Patent ?

In our experience of working with many startups, we have found that answering these simple businesses related questions would lead you to build your own IP strategy.

• Where are your customers?
• Where are your investors?
• Where are your competitors?

For example -
If your product is being developed in India and your competitors also here but you plan to raise venture capital from US based investors then it is recommended to file your patent in India and US
For more such scenarios could be understood here.

Understand Patent Scenarios

What’s been done in the past: Start-up scenarios and cases

If you’re almost sure about what kind of patent you want to file, but just need to be sure- read these scenarios to identify which fits you best. These scenarios have been created through in depth analysis of over thousands of our client interactions and chronicle different stages in your patent journey. Read on to know where you stand now.

If you would like to know more about patents before you make a decision, feel free to explore more by reading about it in the coming sections. If you want to know how much getting your patent would cost, try our Patent Fee calculator. You can even speak to one of our experts by clicking on the call button and giving your number and we will call you back immediately! We’re here to help!

  • Scenario 1:

    Your product is in beta version, which means more product development, is to be done. You want to get some IP protection but do not wish to spend a lot of money at the moment. You have your customers in India and US. You may want to raise venture capital later and there is competition both in India and US.

    Do this: You should file a provisional patent application immediately at Indian PTO. This strategy will get you an immediate protection while keeping your cost low. Do not forget you still have to file a complete application within 12 months. You may consider filing a complete patent application in USPTO directly or choose to file in India as well. Your advantage is that you get the benefit of claiming the filing date of your provisional application, which is the most important value.
  • Scenario 2:

    Your product is built completely and you do not have much time left for your launch.

    Do this: File a provisional patent application immediately if you are short of time else file a complete patent application.
  • Scenario 3:

    You are still in the product development phase:

    Do this: File for a provisional patent application immediately. Later on based on your business strategy and understanding of how the product gains user traction, you may decide to file a complete patent application in the country of your importance.
  • Scenario 4:

    We have created a product which solves a key problem for our target consumers. There are other products in the market which solves the same problem but our approach and solution is unique and better. Can we patent it?

    Do this: The problem statement to your solution can be same until the solution in itself is different. You have created an IP when your solution is different from others solution. Take example- There is a software to play music on computer. You can also create software for playing music on computer but your approach and logic behind the software should be different from the existing products. Only then you have a candidate for patent.
  • Scenario 5:

    We have an idea for a new product. How can we protect it?

    Do this: As they say, Ideas are dime a dozen. What really valuable is the execution. If there is a prototype or a product to your idea then you can consider filing a patent.
  • Scenario 6:

    We have created a prototype of our product and wish to get some basic patent protection done before we show it to investors and potential customers.

    Consider filing a provisional patent application. It’s a cost effective approach and will also give you a 12 months window time to later convert into a complete patent application by then you may have raised investments and have paid customers.
  • Scenario 7:

    Our product is in beta version and we will continue further product development for another 8-12 months. But we want some patent protection but do not wish to spend a lot of money at the moment.

    Do this: Consider filing a provisional patent application. It’s an cost effective approach and will also give you a 12 months window time to later convert into a complete patent application by then you may have raised investments and have paid customers.
  • Scenario 8:

    Our product has gained good traction in the market and competition is catching up. What patent protection should we consider?

    Do this: If your product is doing well in the market which means you will have competitors trying to copy your product. Remember competition is only there were success is. You immediately should consider filing a complete patent application since you are gaining traction amongst the customers.
  • Scenario 9:

    We are a software product company based out of India but our main customers are in the US. What patent protection should we consider?

    Do this: You have two options. First- consider filing a provisional patent application in India and within next 12 months file a complete patent application in US. Considering the software subject matter it is not advisable to file a complete patent application in India but you can gain from the priority date of filing a provisional and actually target to get a US patent. Second option- Consider filing a complete patent application directly in the US.
  • Scenario 10:

    We are an early stage software product startup where the product development team is based in India and we are building a SAAS based product. Our customers are worldwide but our main focus is in US and Europe. We plan to raise Venture capital from US or India based investors.

    Do this: Consider filing a provisional patent application in India and within next 12 months file a complete patent application in US and Europe. Or you can directly file a complete patent application in US and Europe.
  • Scenario 11:

    We are building an enterprise software product and the customers are mainly in India. We have few pilot customers are present.

    Do this: You may file a provisional patent application in India and actually target to file a US patent which will give you other benefits.
  • Scenario 12:

    We had an idea to prototype solution and the Investor asked us to file a patent and come back. What should we do? We cannot afford much time or money.

    Do this: Consider filing a provisional patent application immediately. Later within next 12 months you can file a complete patent application by which you may have raised investments as well.
  • Scenario 13:

    We are working on an idea which already exists in the industry. But our solution is better and more efficient.

    Do this: The problem statement to your solution can be same until the solution in itself is different. You have created an IP when your solution is different from others solution. Take example- There is software to play music on computer. You can also create software for playing music on computer but your approach and logic behind the software should be different from the existing products. Only then you have a candidate for patent.
  • Scenario 14:

    We have created a new type of mobile ad network. There are other ad network companies already in the market. Can we patent our product or do we have any infringement threat?

    Do this: The problem statement to your solution can be same until the solution in itself is different. You have created an IP when your solution is different from others solution. Take example- There is software to play music on computer. You can also create software for playing music on computer but your approach and logic behind the software should be different from the existing products. Only then you have a candidate for patent. If your approach and logic is similar to existing products in market then you may face an infringement threat.

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How do I get started with my patent filing?

Now that you know more about what kind of patent you can file as well as the costs relating to it- we’ll handle the rest. Click on the ‘Book patent’ button to list your requirements and one of our experts will contact you with how to get started!

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  • Abhishek Jain

    I stumbled upon Inolyst when I was looking for a company that could help me with some doubts I had about patenting. What I found was much more as they not only helped me understand different aspects of patenting, they even gave me a detailed strategy on how I could go about getting my product patented.
    Definitely recommended.
    Thanks Abhishek


  • Yogesh C.Bhaskar

    The two things I liked best about Inolyst were that they were quick and they fit my budget. I spoke to them over the phone and within a day they had already started the process for getting my trademark registered.


  • Shiv Sharma

    I never knew that filing a patent in India would be this easy! Inolyst took me through the whole process- right from figuring out the kind of patent I needed to drafting it and filing it. I would recommend them to anyone who is looking for reliable and cost effective patent filing