Intellectual Property: Patents

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Intellectual Property: Patents

What is A Patent?

Patents protect new inventions; they cover how something works, what they do, how they do it, what they are made of and how they are made.

They are granted by a patenting authority to the inventor or applicant and they prevent others from making, using, selling and profiting from the invention without permission. In the UK this is done through the Intellectual Property Office (IPO). For protection in Europe you can apply to the European Patent Office (EPO) and further afield to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

For a patent to be granted, the technology or process should fulfil the following conditions:
  • Involve an inventive step
  • Be new and not known anywhere in the world prior to filing
  • Be capable of being used or made in industry
If you have invented something that could be commercially successful and it meets the criteria above you might want to consider applying for a patent.
Business @ The Mitchell can help you search our resources to see if a patent has already been granted.

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