Do I have to apply for patent?

If you have invented a product or process of a technical character, whether it be something complicated or very simple, it is essential that you have a conversation about the potential for filing a Patent Application, if only to discount it as an option. If you don’t, you may find that the lack of patent rights in your invention really holds you back.

In many jurisdictions, a Patent Application may be validly filed only on something which hasn’t been publicly disclosed. This absolute novelty criterion subsists in many jurisdictions, such as the UK and Europe (although notably not in the USA), so if you do find yourself with an invention which you want to commercialise, a conversation about potential patent protection is an essential one to have prior to marketing or public disclosure of any sort. Even if you do not subsequently want to apply for a Patent Application or indeed even if your invention, in fact, stands outside of what might be patented, it is of great value to you to know where you stand.

If you want to have that conversation, we are always ready to engage and advise. Call intellectual property specialist, Jonathan Perlmutter, on 01206 217600 for a free consultation. Visit business intellectual property solicitors for more information.

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