What Can You Patent? What Can’t Be Patented? One of the most important parts of the invention process is ensuring that your idea or invention is unique and cannot be copied. Protecting your idea or invention is often done through a patent. To be able to patent something, an idea must be new or novel, involve an inventive step and be non-obvious. What exactly does non-obvious mean? Non-obvious means that your idea must not be blatant or a “given” to someone within the same industry based on their experience or knowledge. In other words, it has to be a truly […]
The most obvious answer to this question is, of course, to protect your idea. Based on the nature of your idea, there may be people ready and willing to patent your idea if you have not already done so. The application for a patent gives the owner of the idea the best opportunity to profit from the idea while, simultaneously, preventing others from copying it for their own benefit. However, although a patent prevents others from copying your idea, you do not have to have patent an idea to be able to exploit it. It has often been said that […]
This is a common question that inventors will ask. Patent, Trademark or Copyright? The three categories below are known as Intellectual Property. Patent Trademark Copyright Patent This is the method that protects inventions and improvement to existing inventions which consist of Utility, Design or Plant Patents. Things can be patented which “have a purpose”. Trademark Trademarks are applied to words, names, devices, symbols and images that represent goods, services or products. Copyright Copyright is applied to the expression of ideas in literary, artistic and musical work. For example you can copyright items written in a website or book. You can […]
You will lose your right to a patent if you fail to pay maintenance fees to the patent office, which ultimately results in the patent expiring. For this reason is is very important to keep your patent up to date and always inform the relevant patent office of your current address to receive correspondence and fee information.
So you think you have an idea, great. But are you one of many that fall into the below six categories of mistakes inventors make. If you are, then be careful, you might get knocked down quickly and this can cost you dearly. Mistake 1 – Expecting unrealistic results Don’t think that you will make a million dollars straight away, its highly unlikely. All new products take time to develop. For example it takes a minimum of 6 months for the design and manufacture processes before you even progress to marketing and sales. If you employ a good team, this […]
To be able to patent something your idea needs to be new (novel), involve an inventive step and be non obvious. Certain countries have exclusions on things being patented such as nuclear bombs. In general a patent will be granted for an invention as long as it is: New or Novel Involves an inventive step Is capable of Industrial / useful application 1. New or “novel” The invention must not have been made in public in any way, anywhere or before the date on which the application for a patent is filed. 2. Involves an inventive step This step must not […]
So you came up with that great idea that no one else has thought of yet. What do you do with it? There are two directions you can follow: 1. You either do all the hard work yourself and get the design and manufacture, marketing and sales done. or, 2. You approach some of the big companies already out there selling similar products and try and pitch your ideas to them. No matter how great the idea there are always people failing with getting their product to market successfully and end up with a dead end product. The years and […]
A provisional patent (Provisional Application) is an interim patent that can be filed for utility inventions (see below). You can file a provisional patent without any formal oath or declaration or claims and don’t need information disclosure (prior art) statement. A provisional Patent is a low cost alternative or preliminary step before filing for a non-provisional patent. The reason people do this is to test the market before spending too much money on a regular patent. How long does it last? The provisional patent lasts for 12 months which should be long enough for you to manufacture your product and […]