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An invention is a new and unique solution for an existing problem. It may be a product, machine, or technological process that didn’t exist previously.

An invention that meets the conditions set by the law can be patented. A legally registered patent protects the patent owner from illegal use by others as part of intellectual property law. In order for an invention to be eligible for patent registration, it must meet a number of conditions, including:

  • Novelty: Has not yet appeared in public (including online publications or other media)

  • Useful: Must have a particular benefit

  • Must be inventive

Must have a technological or industrial purpose

Yes. Public disclosure made prior to filing a patent application can jeopardize or eliminate the possibility of obtaining patent protection.

Public disclosure of an invention is anything that is readily available to the public that describes the basic ideas of the invention in enough detail so that someone else could make and use the invention. Public disclosure may include publications, lectures, abstracts, symposiums, posters, etc.

It is very important that you do not publicly disclose any potentially patentable information. To help avoid future complications and disappointment, we strongly advise you to contact us so we can discuss your invention and review its patentability.

You can significantly improve your chance of obtaining a patent by keeping detailed written records of experiments. This increases the probability that research results can be patented, and will withstand challenges over the long term.