Hi, I'm John Rizvi, the patent professor. Some of the questions I get most often are, why do I need a patent? Is a patent really worth it? A patent says that the US government recognizes you as the owner of your idea. This means that no one can use your invention, or a variation of it without buying it from you, or paying you royalties, and also defines related uses, for which you must also be compensated. If the patent application process is not done properly, you could lose rights to your idea and end up with nothing. This may mean you lose the rights to your invention and all the money you could have made. While your competitors get rich off of your hard work. patent applications are considered the most difficult legal documents to draft. They have to be written to meet extremely strict governmental guidelines, or the patent may be invalidated. A lot of scam companies have popped up, claiming to assist you with patent preparation. They are not licensed by the patent office, have no patent lawyers on staff, and don't deliver what they promise. The fine print may even give them all rights to your invention. Even if they aren't outright scams. A lot of companies that promise to do the heavy lifting, often miss crucial points in the patent application. This means you could spend a lot of money and still lose the patent. Even if you're the first one to file. It won't help you if the application is not properly drafted. There is no consolation prize for coming in. Second, the way the patent office does business has changed a lot over the years. The patent office doesn't require a working model or prototype anymore. And they won't even accept one if you have a. One thing that hasn't changed is that the first person to the patent office with the right documentation wins the patent. Getting a patent is worth it, but it takes a lot of work. Don't take chances with your invention. Work with me, the patent professor, and let me help get your patent application in quickly and correctly.