If you invented a new product, the first thing that you need to do is to apply for a patent for it. This is because, you need to know if others have already invented something with the same concept or if this is really new, protect your right for it against infringement. And for this, you need to have a patent attorney to help you with the patent application. But how will you know if your attorney has the right skills?
One of the qualifications that your patent lawyer should possessed is that he or she should have a degree in science or engineering. Strong technical knowledge is a must in order for your patent attorney to understand fully your invention/s. Your attorney must be qualified in handling matters related to your specific invention whether it’s computer-related; mechanical; chemical or electrical.
The Right Experience
Always ask a potential patent attorney for how long he is in this sector and how many patents he has filed for successfully. Also ask his field of expertise and what kind of inventions he has dealt with previously. Ask for references of previous clients and if possible talk to them personally.
The Right Search Approach
Most first-time inventors are under the erroneous impression that their invention is new just because it has not been patented before. However, hundreds of inventors regularly patent their invention without ever marketing it. That is why it is absolutely essential that your patent attorney uses an independent search process based on international database; such as the facility provided by IP Australia. This is the best way of ensuring that your idea does not exist already anywhere in the entire world. Never hire attorneys who use their own searching mechanism as this can lead to conflict of interest.
The Right Registration
As far as patent application is concerned you must always deal with registered patent attorneys. This is because only registered patent attorneys are legally bound by the Australian Patents Act of 1990 to maintain absolute confidentiality about client invention. Unregistered and unscrupulous patent agents can easily sell your unpatented idea which you have to share with them in good faith.