Anyone who has had an idea has likely thought about a patent to protect it. So over the next few weeks we’ll touch on patents, starting with:
What Is A Patent?
A patent is a legal document issued by the patent office within each specific country or region that provides a set of exclusive rights to the patent holder to prohibit others from making, using, offering for sale, or selling the patented item for an assigned period of time, in exchange for public disclosure of the invention. A patent, which is the mature form of a patent application, consists of drawings of the invention, a written description explaining the details and also claims defining the scope of exclusivity. Basically, a patent is concerned with the invention of products and processes that have a new function or technical aspect. A patent is related to how your invention works, what it does, how it functions, what it’s made of, what improvement it contains and how it’s made. Some subject matter is not patentable such as literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works that instead could be protected by copyright laws.