Christian Heesch lives in Alabama where he is known primarily as a Cardiologist and Peripheral Vascular Specialist. His work focuses on peripheral and coronary interventional procedures, and on nuclear and ultrasonographic imaging techniques. In addition to the work that he does as a medical doctor, Christian Heesch also holds a position as a product developer with CMH Patents, LLC. In most instances, his work involves obtaining a patent for a new invention or product. We asked Christian Heesch to share with us some points about the process of receiving a patent.
- Keep good records. Christian Heesch says that the first step in receiving a patent actually involves keeping good records. According to Christian Heesch, it is important to keep track of the process while refining the idea for your product. Make sure to sign and date each entry as you create diagrams or descriptions that pertain to your idea.
- · Read up on the patenting process. Christian Heesch recommends the Guide to Self Patenting by authors Thumann and Hsu, published by Fairmont Press.
- · Read up on preparing proper patent drawings. Christian Heesch recommends that you read the book How to Make Patent Drawings by authors Lo and Pressman, published by Nolo
- Search through existing patents. Christian Heesch says that you will want to make sure that your patent does not already exist. To do this, make sure that you search thoroughly through the list of existing patents. You will want to refer to U.S. and foreign patents, depending on your product. Christian Heesch says the United States Patent and Trademark Office has an easy-to-use web site allowing you to search their data base. Ultimately, however, you will need a professional patent search.
- File an Application with the USPTO. Christian Heesch says that prior to filing a regular application, you may wish to file a provisional application. Christian Heesch recommends you read the book Patent Pending in 24 Hours by authors Pressman and Stim.
We hope that Christian Heesch has given you some helpful hints on how to pursue your patenting efforts. For more information on the patents received by Christian Heesch, please click here.