What is a Patent?
A patent protects your invention and is a key asset which can add significant value to your business. It also gives you the right to take legal action against anyone who makes, uses, sells or imports your invention without your permission.
Patents cover inventions that can be made or used. Your invention must be new and inventive. A patent does not cover:
- A variation or modification of something that already exists
- Literary, dramatic, musical or artistic works (these can be covered by Copyright)
- A way of playing a game, thinking or doing business
- A method of medical treatment or diagnosis
- A scientific theory, mathematical method or discovery
- A way in which information is presented
- Certain computer programs or mobile apps
- Processes such as cross-breeding plants or animal varieties
Patents are complicated, can be expensive and take a long time so you should always work with a qualified patent attorney when considering or making an application.