Kayla_sky wrote:I have heard something about you have one year after your product is out to get a patent-
If you are filing in the US, patents are given to the first to develop, not the first to file.
This means that if your idea was somewhere on the market without a patent, you would have one year to file a patent application for protection.
does this mean your automatically protected for a year or you only have one year of protection from a patent?
In the United States, you can use proof of your publicized or sold idea as the original inventor and get a patent if it is patentable.
Patent protection varies depending on what type of patent it is.
(I believe it is typically 14 years for a Design, and 20 for a Utility that starts from the date you file. )