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Patent 10 minutes: Can we patent

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This series of guide is specially catered for start-ups which would like to move forward with BIG ideas. With this compendium, we hope to rev up your IP knowledge in just 10 minutes. Each Patent 10 …

This series of guide is specially catered for start-ups which would like to move forward with BIG ideas. With this compendium, we hope to rev up your IP knowledge in just 10 minutes. Each Patent 10 minutes guide consists of 10 slides - one brand new topic every week. Check out facebook.com/patsnap.

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  • 1. Patent and start-ups - Can we patent? 2
  • 2. Overview • What can be patented? • What cannot be patented? • Is your invention patentable? Caution ! This is a very intensive set of Patent 10 minutes slides. But don’t let it intimidate you. Your best buddy who can accompany you for the next 10 minutes… A cup of coffee.
  • 3. What can be patented? Process Manufactured Composition Machine Article of matter Process for making a A bicycle A shampoo Television chemical A Table A cleaning compound Smart phones solution Patentable Subject Matter
  • 4. What cannot be patented? Scientific theories or Biological process for mathematical the production of Idea or suggestion formulae plant or animal E.g. E=mc2 E.g. photosynthesis A method of Animal Law of nature treatment or diagnosis E.g. Biopsy E.g. Your pet dog E.g. Gravity
  • 5. Is your invention patentable? Your invention can only be patented if you satisfy the all the NUN criteria. Novel Useful Non- Non-obvious
  • 6. Novel • Your invention is compared to anything that is created in the past • Not publicly disclosed in any form, anywhere in the world • If disclosed, it must not be more than 1 year prior to the date of patent application (also known as Prior Art in United States)
  • 7. Useful • Your invention must have a useful purpose. • Rejection on utility is not very common. • If so, present one of the following: – a working model (esp. for medical inventions), – testimony of experts, or – test results.
  • 8. Non-obviousness • Toughest criteria to pass as it can be very subjective • Differences between your invention and prior art to a skilled person with the working knowledge in the relevant field • Consider the following factors: – Scope and content of prior art – Level of ordinary skill in the art – Differences between prior art and claims at issue
  • 9. That’s not all… We have more to distress you….
  • 10. Your invention must also be… Credible Don’t bother to prove that a time machine works. Practical If your invention involves crushed rocks of nano-size and there is no machine that can produce that, your invention is equally useless. Patented by the inventor him/herself Even the family members are not allowed to file for the patent.
  • 11. If your invention is… known in U.S. before your date of invention patented or described anywhere in a printed publication ≥ 1 year before you file your application already in use in U.S. ≥ 1 year before you file the application patented elsewhere before filing an application in U.S. (unless the foreign application was filed ≤ 1 year before the U.S. application) Then, you should modify or reinvent your invention…. because your invention cannot be patented in U.S..
  • 12. About IP guide for Start-ups Visit www.facebook.com/patsnap for your weekly dose of Intellectual Property guide for early ventures, written by PatSnap’s PaTENt minutes’ team. Rev up your IP knowledge in just 10 minutes. Each Patent 10 minutes guide consists of 10 slides.