When Texas inventors have an idea or invention that they want to produce, they need to be careful that they do not lose their legal rights to it. It is crucial that they take the necessary steps to protect their intellectual property rights. Patent law is designed to do just that -- from the application process through litigation against anyone who uses the design without permission.
Receiving a patent for an idea or invention is the first step in securing intellectual property rights. The application process can be complex and frustrating, however. Therefore, it would be beneficial to enlist the help of an attorney who understands the process, can anticipate any issues that might arise and file the appropriate paperwork on your behalf. He or she will also be able to deal with any issues that arise during the review process.
Once a Texas inventor receives a patent, the next step is often to manufacture the product. Most people do not have the capability to do so on their own, so they partner with companies that can handle the manufacturing process. Non-disclosure and manufacturing agreements are essential in order to prevent a company from infringing on your intellectual property rights. Having the patent and any associated agreements in place is crucial if a problem does arise and litigation needs to be filed.
You have the right to reap the benefits of your ideas and inventions. This is why going through the patent application process and executing any necessary agreements with manufacturers is so important. If you believe that a company or an individual has infringed on your rights under patent law, a lawsuit might be appropriate if an agreement cannot be worked out with the other party.