Before an invention can be considered for patent under the Patents Act certain criteria must be met.

This can be quite confusing unless you are speaking to someone who is doing this everyday. Discussing patent protection is what we do!


The invention should be:

• useful

• novel

• possess an adequate level of inventiveness

• be a manner of manufacture

The types of inventions which can qualify for patent protection are:

• products and devices

• mechanical apparatus

• business methods

• biotechnology related products

• computer and internet based software and processes

A granted patent provides the owner with the exclusive right to their invention in the marketplace. So if you have an invention, an innovation or a really good idea that meets the above criteria, consider patenting it for your protection.


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