An easy way to protect your invention from copying in any form is by applying for an invention patent. Protecting the invention from any unauthorized usage is the right of every invention. The inventor can exercise this right using an invention patent.
Generally people have a habit of copying something that is invented and which is useful.
These people without taking prior permission from the inventor publish it in the books and earn lot of money. To stop these malpractices, you can take the help of invention patent. If you have an invention patent and some other person with hateful intentions is trying to copy or sell your invention without your permission then you can sue that person.
If the person is found guilty then he or she is bound to go to jail. Patent laws prevent others from using, making, importing or selling your invention; this is applicable for a limited period
If you want to give a new style, configuration, ornamental design or decorative appearance to an existing invention then you have apply for a design patent. Design patent does not allow to improve the function of the existing product. A design patent has a limited period of 14 years.
If you want to functionally improve an existing invention then you have to apply for a utility patent. The existing invention can be a process or a machine.
In order to get an invention patent make ensure that your patent qualifies the eligibility criteria. You will be getting a patent only if your invention is useful to mankind. It should also be inventive and new.
Although you yourself cannot use the invention even if you get the patent, you can exclude others using or selling the patented invention for a period of 14 to 20 years.
In fact an invention patent is nothing but a right that is temporary which is offered by the government. In exchange you have to share the details about your invention with the public. Once you get an invention patent you have the right to sell, mortgage, transfer or assign it to other person. This deal may fetch you enormous amount of money.
Patent laws differ slightly in some countries. Acquiring an invention patent does not mean that the owner can exploit the patent. For instance many inventions nowadays are enhancements of prior inventions which are still protected by the owner of the patent. To build an improved version of an invention you must take permission from the patent owner of that invention.
You can enforce patents through civil suits. In some territories criminal penalties are sentenced to people who break patent laws. This discourages the infringer from doing any future infringement activities. But if you apply for compensation for infringement after the time period of invention patent then you are not liable to get any compensation in the form of money.
In order to get an invention patent, you have to pay some money to the concerned patent office of that country.