If you have an idea and you want to ensure that no one copies it, you need to get patent protection. Patent protection ensures that your invention is registered to you, and that no one can produce an item like it, under threat of being sued. With this protection, you can stop any of your competitors from designing and trying to sell a product that is too similar to yours. (i.e. includes your new, patented features).
It is this protection that not only protects your idea, but that also helps you attract investors by guaranteeing a monopoly and consequent potential rewards.
Patents exist in public record, which means other people can check whether you have patented your product. Of course, the other side of this is that should you choose to patent a product, you will need to check with the patent office website to ensure that no one else has patented that idea. With your patent, you can block anyone else from making a product like yours, and this guarantees you a good profit when you start selling your product, if it is a good product. When you have an idea, be sure to visit your local patent office and register it. It is all very well explained in https://www.advfn.com/newspaper/advfnnews/49381/get-your-business-started-with-inventhelp article.
Before you apply for a patent
Before applying for a patent, there are a few things you need to be aware of, not the least of which is a fee that you have to pay, simply to apply.
However, the patent process may not be the right one for you invention. If you are considering getting a patent, first consider what other types of protection are available, that may suit your invention better. If you are determined that a patent is the right way to go, determine whether your invention is completely new and does not emulate something you have seen before. A patent will not be granted if your invention is not completely original.
Legal ownership is an issue that often comes up, because though people think that something they have invented belongs to them, it may not. If you thought up the idea with someone else, they also have a claim to that patent. If you thought up your invention for your employers, the intellectual property may belong to them, and not to you at all.
Before you apply for a patent, talk to a lawyer or a trusted patent agency like InventHelp about your rights and what you are entitled to in terms of the patent.
Before applying for a patent, you need to think through any potential issues that could affect your claim to that invention as your own. Think through every potential issue and ensure that you can justify your claim to that item.
Then apply for the patent, pay the fee and wait for your patent to be granted.