Can your invention be protected by a patent?

To be able to be protected by a patent, your invention must meet certain criteria:

be new;

have an inventive step that is not obvious to someone with knowledge and experience in the subject and;

be capable of being made or used in some kind of industry.

Of equal importance your invention must not be:

a scientific or mathematical discovery, theory or method;

a literary, dramatic, musical or artistic work;

a way of performing a mental act, playing a game or doing business;

the presentation of information, or some computer programs;

an animal or plant variety (special rules govern plant varieties, see future articles);

a method of medical treatment or diagnosis; and

against public policy or morality.

If your invention meets these requirements it may be eligible for patent protection. It is always advisable to seek specialist legal advice.

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