Is Your Idea Or Invention Patentable?
When someone comes up with a new idea or invention, the first step is to get a patent on it. The patent system is designed to grant ownership of the idea or creation to the inventor. The owner of a patent is given the ability to have full control over their invention for a certain amount of time. This allows them to be rewarded financially for their creation.
So just how do patents work? How does an inventor get a patent? Patents are very important for the progression of technology, and in the business world they play a very significant role. This blog will hopefully give you a better understanding of the patent process.
What are the basic requirements for a patent?
Patents are a type of intellectual property which are very intricate and limited. If you are interested in patenting an idea, make sure that the following requirements have been met:
The idea must not be even the slightest bit close to anything already protected by a patent. You must also be aware that you can’t patent something if it has been on the market or talked about in publications longer than a year.
Most inventions are not completely new and never before seen. They are actually improvements of technology that is already out there. An invention can be an adaptation of something already protected under a patent as long as it isn’t an obvious copy. A good way to look at it would be to ask yourself if someone of average knowledge or skill in the area would be able to come up with your idea just by knowing about the existing invention. For example, you wouldn’t be able to patent a waffle maker that can make more waffles at the same time since you are taking an existing invention and making larger. An invention can only be patented if it is an improvement that isn’t obvious to other people.
Another requirement for getting a patent is that the invention has to have some usefulness. In other words, the invention is something that actually has a function and serves a purpose. If the invention doesn’t really do anything, then it can’t be patented. You also can’t patent something from science fiction such as a teleporter unless you have a working model.
The only reason to get a patent is to prevent other people from producing and selling your invention. In the United States, a patent will give you 20 years of protection. During this time you can profit from your invention by producing and selling the invention on your own or by licensing other companies to use the invention. It is up to you to actually make sure that your patent is enforced. This government will not seek out people who are infringing on a patent. Instead, you have to take any violators to court.