|Whoever develops a new product, machine or
manufacturing process or sees a way to develop one,
should consider applying for a patent before making
the invention public.
A patent is an exclusive right given by the State or
other designated international body such as the
European Patent Office and is enforceable in the
Courts. It is a monopoly in the manufacture, sale
and use of an invention for a limited period. A
patent can be sold, licensed or used by the inventor
either in whole or in part.
A patent is not a guarantee of commercial success.
Any new invention should have an identifiable,
sizable market and a possible commercial future. If
you have an invention, you should also be willing
and able to devote considerable time, effort and
resources to develop the invention towards a
The first step for a prudent inventor is to
consult a patent attorney who will advise
generally on the patentability of the invention.
If the invention is considered to be of a
patentable nature, the patent attorney can file an
application or applications on behalf of the
inventor in whatever jurisdictions the inventor
wishes to protect his/her invention.