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May 29, 2012

Search for existing patents free

Before you consider getting a patent, its a good idea to do a quick patent search and see if anyone else has come up with the idea and/or filed an existing patent. At Inventionsteps we use google patents most of the time. This is a free to use website where you can search existing patents but for more detailed searches we recommend Esp@cenet. To get a full patent search done it is recommended to get the assistance of a patent lawyer. A patent lawyer will use his network and search all know databases. We can get this detailed search done for you. Its […]
May 29, 2012

What can you patent?

To be able to patent something your idea needs to be new (novel), involve an inventive step and be non obvious. Certain countries have exclusions on things being patented such as nuclear bombs. In general a patent will be granted for an invention as long as it is: New or Novel Involves an inventive step Is capable of Industrial / useful application 1. New or “novel” The invention must not have been made in public in any way, anywhere or before the date on which the application for a patent is filed. 2. Involves an inventive step This step must not […]
February 23, 2012

Provisional Patents

A provisional patent (Provisional Application) is an interim patent that can be filed for utility inventions (see below). You can file a provisional patent without any formal oath or declaration or claims and don’t need information disclosure (prior art) statement. A provisional Patent is a low cost alternative or preliminary step before filing for a non-provisional patent. The reason people do this is to test the market before spending too much money on a regular patent. How long does it last? The provisional patent lasts for 12 months which should be long enough for you to manufacture your product and […]