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Do I have to create a prototype before I can patent an idea?
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Do I have to create a prototype before I can patent an idea?

I have an idea for an invention, I want to patent it but I'm not sure if a prototype is required before it can be patented. I'm afraid that if I make the prototype first the person or company i hire to make the prototype might steal the idea, so I'm a little confused on what direction I should take. Can you patent an idea even though you don't have the prototype created?







Patsnap
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No. You do not have to create a prototype. An idea could also be a patent. But I suggest you applying for a provisional patent asap.


Get Used to Cannibalism
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No, there are millions of patents that have never been made.







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