Conducting a patent research should be the first step during your invention journey. There are 2 type of patents. Design patent protects how the product looks. Utility patent protects how the product works. Competitor can design around a design patent, but it will be much harder to design around a well written utility patent.
Once the product design process is completed, Imaginationeering can provide you with the patent drawings needed for your application, which should reduce the cost of the patent filing with your patent lawyer.
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