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If there is a public disclosure by the inventor, there is a 12 month grace period before a patent application must be filed.
But it is often wise to avoid any public disclosure before filing a patent application.
The following information is offered as a starting point for an independent inventor in their quest for information on protecting an invention and, hopefully, profitting from that invention.
Independent inventors are cautioned to seek competent counsel before acting on any of the information presented herein.
Family and friends will be consulted for affirmation that the invention is a good one. In order to profit from an invention, the invention must be converted into a product that others will buy.
Invention development includes determining how the invention will be manufactured.
Patents on products typically fall within two types of patents: utility patents and design patents.