Having come up with a new irrigation system innovation, you need to consider patenting it. By taking the trouble to patent the new irrigation system innovation, you will stand a better chance to benefit financially from it. By taking the trouble to patent the new irrigation system innovation, you will be minimizing the chances of it being ‘stolen’ by other people. This is to say that if you don’t patent the new irrigation system, you risk having it stolen from you by folks who may then proceed to benefit from it financially – folks who may end up reaping where they didn’t sow, if you like. Whether your new invention happens to be a unique desert irrigation system, commercial irrigation system or domestic irrigation system, you need to get it patented as soon as possible.
Before venturing to patent a new irrigation system innovation, you will of course have to ascertain that it is truly a new (and original) thing — and that it is indeed something that is worth patenting. There are things that are worth patenting, and others that are not worthy patenting. Not every purportedly new invention qualifies to be patented. The other day, I heard of a fellow who had come up with a rather fascinating system for taking high definition mugshots of inmates (before the inmates are admitted into prison). Yet, as I heard, the fellow was denied a patent because the authorities felt that he was only reinventing the wheel, and that his system wasn’t unique enough. This only goes to show how stringent the process of awarding patents is.
Having ascertained that your new irrigation system innovation is truly unique, and that it is worth patenting, the next step will be that of putting together the funds necessary for the patenting process. You need to do this fast: the patenting process is one where time matters. If you delay too much, someone else may come up with a similar invention, and get a patent for it before you.
Once you have the money that is necessary to push the patenting process through, you can contact a lawyer who specializes in intellectual property matters to help you with the process. You can also attempt to push through the patenting process by yourself (without having an attorney to help you) – though in that case, you need to be ready for major challenges.