You can talk to a patent practitioner (patent agent or patent attorney) about your invention just like you can talk to your lawyer about your contract or divorce. You are free to discuss your invention with a patent agent or patent attorney. They are under a legal obligation to keep your information confidential, unless you instruct otherwise. We offer a free patent consultation appointment.
Invention disclosures are confidential because invention disclosures to patent practitioners are covered by client controlled privilege. Information disclosed about an invention cannot be used or shared without your permission. Note: Patent agents hold the same basic professional liability insurance as that held by attorneys, just limited to the practice of patent prosecution. Contact us.
At Carson Patents, we ensure the confidentiality of all of our patent services by doing all the prior art searching, patent application writing, patent application filing, and patent application prosecution in-house.
Note: At the patent office, newly filed applications are treated as confidential for about 18 months. After this initial period, patent applications are published by the USPTO (AppFT database). In other words, patent pending applications are not public for about a year and a half, but then applications are published. We can request that an application not be published. However, issued patents are made available to public by the USPTO (PatFT database). Communication with Carson Patents is confidential. Contact us to start the 5 steps to patent for your invention or to get your free patent consultation.
Trademarks and Service Marks are not generally held in confidence. Rather the point is to be publicly registered and get the name out there and be sure it is protected by registration. Disclosures to attorney’s are covered by client controlled privilege. Information disclosed cannot be used or shared without your permission. Contact us.
Copyrights are not generally held in confidence. Rather the point is to be publicly registered and protected from copying. Disclosures to attorney’s are covered by client controlled privilege. Information disclosed cannot be used or shared without your permission. Contact us.
Important TIP: Contact us when looking for online patent services help, because only a patent attorney or patent agent can prosecute patents for you. Expert online patent help. Get a free consult to discuss patenting your invention.