​Useful tips before, during and after patenting

Know from start which technical features your invention has and how your invention provides added business value to your customers.

Find match between features and business value. ​If no match, a patent will be drafted on features non-important to your business.
 Find out if your invention is already known and possibly also already patented by others. If already known, you cannot obtain a patent.

Already filed patents may be in force in one or more countries and may limit marketing your product. Establish the business relevance of such patents.
Ask your patent advisor right from start for a cost estimate for drafting a patent and for getting patents in a selected number of countries.

An answer with too many reservations from your patent advisor, you
should not accept. Patent advisors know of patenting costs to give an estimate.
Check regularly if future developments of your invention are covered by your patent. Sometimes not, and  often your patent advisor doesn't ask.

If not, decide to keep or
to skip the patent, and
decide possible filing of a new patent for covering any new developments
of your invention.
Launch your product soon after filing of the first patent or any new patent, unless you have good reasons for not launching the product too soon.

The costs of getting a patent tend to run up and faster than you may think. Future sales of a product
should always be a main driver of patent analysis.