Keep your invention secret

In order for you to obtain a patent for your invention, it must not be known in at the time you file your application.

It does not matter how, by whom or where in the world the invention has been made known. Even if you have used or published it yourself, it is still considered to be known.

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Confidentiality agreements and cooperation with others

If you need to talk to someone about your invention or display it, do so with caution. For example, it is not uncommon for inventors to enlist the help of students to carry out a study or project. As an inventor, you should ensure that no information about your invention is disclosed in an academic or similar work. Be clear about how the information may be disseminated or described in a way that will not reveal any important details about your invention. It is advisable to draw up a confidentiality agreement with the party you are contacting or receiving assistance from. With a confidentiality agreement, you can ensure that the person you contact will also treats your invention as confidential. Examples of confidentiality agreements can be found at the Swedish Inventors' Association and ALMI Företagspartner, etc.

Svensk Uppfinnareförening (Swedish Inventors' Association)


Situations where your invention may have become known

The following are some situations where your invention may be considered to have been disclosed so that it is no longer novel, and therefore cannot be patented.

The invention has been:

Published in a text such as a newspaper article or brochure, or orally through a lecture, interview, radio, film or video

  • Being demonstrated so that it can be deemed known
  • Being sold in such a way that it can be deemed known
  • Being discussed among friends and acquaintances
  • Being tested in a place where anyone could see it

Secure communication

Remember to protect yourself when communicating with other stakeholders, such as partners. Make sure you protect yourself by:

  • Using a VPN
  • Encrypting your email
  • Protecting your documents by means of passwords