The top 3 patent requirements

The top 3 patent requirements

An idea can only be protected by a patent if it meets certain requirements.

First, the idea needs to be in a patentable category.

Second, your idea needs to be different from what has been done before.

Third, you can’t wait too long to file for a patent.

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HOW TO PREPARE YOUR PATENT APPLICATION

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ONE – IS YOUR IDEA IN A PATENTABLE CATEGORY?

Software and hardware are in a patentable category.

Music, videos, books, images etc are not.

Basically, a patentable category relates to technology. If your idea isn’t a technology, it isn’t in a patentable category.

TWO – DOES YOUR IDEA HAVE THAT “WOW” DIFFERENCE?

In order for your idea to be patent-worthy, it has to be truly different from what has been done before.

In other words, it has to have that “wow” factor.

Your idea will be compared against everything ever known – every software, every website, every public bit of information.

How much of a difference is a “wow”? That’s subjective – and is frequently argued about in court.

THREE – HAVE YOU WAITED TOO LONG TO GET A PATENT?

Even in the US, you have to file for a patent within one year of making your idea public.

In other countries, you have to file for a patent before making your idea public.

Also someone else could file before you and then you’re out of luck (sometimes only a few days can make the difference).

As in everything in life – you snooze, you lose!


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