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What kind (if any) patent do I need?

Post  retirednanny on Tue 29 Mar 2011 - 22:45

I have created an innovative heating pad. There are no patents for the likes of my designs (I have done an exhaustive search). They are made of the same materials as an existing heating pad, (that DOESN"T have a patent) but mine are made more specifically to "fit" particular parts of the aching body. Feet, hands, shoulder, elbow. What kind of patent will I need? Utility?...Design?...etc. (If any patent at all)
Thank you so much!
Norma H.


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Heating pad patent possibility

Post  Tran on Wed 30 Mar 2011 - 9:57

Hi Norma
You can seek both design application covering aesthetics and utility application covering the functional aspects of your heating pad. Design application is less expensive to do, but covers only your specific design. Utility application has broader coverage, but the work is more and thus more expensive. Good luck.
Bao Tran
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Re: What kind (if any) patent do I need?

Post  Adli Law Group on Wed 30 Mar 2011 - 11:28

Dear Norma:

First, we would have to determine if the improvements you have made to the work that was done in this area before your invention, are sufficient to get a patent on. If the answser is yes, then you most likely would want to seek a utillity patent. There are two options to do that; you can file for a regular patent application, or a provisional (temporary) one. The provisional is much less expensive and allows you one year to test your invention in the market and decide if you want to pursue it, in which case you would file a regular applicaiton.

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Provisional Application for Patent

Post  Roger Brown on Tue 5 Apr 2011 - 14:03

Can you explain the difference between a patent and a Provisional Application for Patent or (PPA)? Most Inventors toss around the term Provisional Patent a lot leaving off the word "application" and really don't understand that it is not an actual patent.
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