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Obtaining a patent
To obtain a valid patent an invention has to be new (NOVEL), not be obvious and must be useful (UTILITY).
Individuals or companies may wish to apply for a patent when:
A new product or process has been invented or developed from which they wish to profit
An invention is new, improved or inventive and is a useful device (ie tools, utensils, machinery and equipment) or method
The invention involves the construction or manufacture of a substance, article, or apparatus; or, an industrial type of process
During the time a patent is being sought by an inventor, partial protection is offered while a patent is being applied for, as indicated by the phrase
'patent pending' or ' pat. pending'
For your own inventions
Speak with a company legal officer, for example,
UniSA Legal Contact
UniSA Ventures, the commercialisation arm of UniSA Apply to the patent office in your capital city
What is not patentable?
Artistic creations, mathematical methods, some schemes of business or other purely mental acts, mere discoveries and ideas
Any invention that has been disclosed publicly before a valid patent is obtained
Any invention already patented by someone else
Examples of un-patentable matter:
Mere discoveries and ideas (rather than a method or apparatus for putting that discovery or idea into practice)
Mere arrangement of printed material on sheets
Computer programmes per se
Business systems, methods of bookkeeping - although one of the biggest changes in the patent scene is the subject of business method patents. Automated processes are now being patented
Human beings and the biological processes etc. Although GM and bioengineering developments are causing some conflicts
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