Patenting an idea, concept, or design
You must reduce your invention to practice prior to filing a patent application for your idea, concept, or design. That is, your ideas, concepts, or designs cannot be patented if they have not been reduced to practice. In other words, you must provide sufficient disclosure so that a skilled person in the same art reading your disclosure is able to carry out your invention with undue experimentation. Note that reducing your ideas, concepts, or designs to practice does not mean you should have a physical working prototype or model.
By Peter Ganjian
(Former United States Patent Examiner with the United States Patent and Trademark Office)
A Southern California based U.S. Registered Patent Agent with Patent Law Agency, LLC Serving the communities of Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, San Bernardino, Rancho Cucamonga, Ontario, Pasadena, Glendale, Burbank, and Arcadia. Patent Law Agency, LLC also serves India, Brazil, Colombia, Japan, China, Europe and the European Patent Office, Canada, and many other locations worldwide.