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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