One of my friends the other day (and a loyal reader of ours) was researching how he could protect his idea for a new 3D printer innovation.
Actually, he originally didn’t even know if his idea was patent-able (he’s still not 100% sure, but we’ll get to that later). After some research, it was revealed that innovations are absolutely allowable for patents. In fact, they represent about 90% of all patents. He also discovered that his idea appears to meet all the basic requirements for a patent to be considered. So, at this point the question became…what now?
The next step for most people is to find a qualified and experienced patent attorney. Easier said than done.
We were on the search for a lawyer that specialized in trademark and intellectual property law in Edmonton, Alberta.
There were a few qualities that we hoped to find in the attorney of choice:
- Honest and straight-forward. This one was very important. We wanted an attorney that could be counted on to give it to us straight. Many lawyers love to convince you to pursue something even when it isn’t in your best judgement just so they can bill for more hours. We aimed to avoid that.
- Experience. We wanted more than just experience, we wanted lots of experience in patent and IP law specifically. That’s the only way to ensure they know what they’re doing.
- Good reviews. We checked out all online reviews that we could find. Good reviews indicate happy customers and clients. Happy customers and clients mean a job well done (for the most part).
At this point, we’ve narrowed the field down to two separate candidates. We booked 100% free one-hour consultations with both of them, and will use these consultations to gauge which one to go with.
The most major roadblock is ahead is determining whether or not the idea truly is patent-able. These consultations should help with that part. It’s become too complicated for either one of us to navigate through this anymore. We’ll update back after the consultations with the results!