Patents protect technical solutions and inventions. A patent gives you exclusive rights to use an invention professionally. That means no one else has the right to use it, for example, in manufacturing or marketing. The idea behind the patent system is that technological development will be stimulated. The inventor gets a patent in return for the state making the invention public. In publishing the invention, the general public gains knowledge that can be used for further development.
Patenting can be a profitable business. Today, a patent is often used to support marketing strategies. A patent protects an invention in the countries where you or your partner has manufacturing or sales, or where your competitors work. Exclusive rights prevent competitors from plagiarizing a product and a patent gives you an opportunity to get back the investments you have made.
It can also be easier to find business partners. They know that they gain access to protected technology, which can lead to them daring to invest more. If you do not want to manufacture the invention yourself, you can try to sell it or license it out.
What can you get a patent for?
Patents are granted for technical inventions. It is the idea's practical design and use which you get protection for. That means it is not only products, but also methods and uses, which can be patented. In order for you to be able to get a patent, an invention must meet certain requirements. To be patentable, an invention must be industrially applicable, new and involve an inventive step.
Brief facts about patents
- A patent is a protection for a new technical solution to a problem.
- A patent means that the owner can prevent others from using the invention for up to 20 years.
- A patent is an exclusive right to use the protected technology in exchange for the invention being made public.
What can and cannot be patented?
Examples of patents