MoM2010: Steps to Patent Your Ideas


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MoM2010: Steps to Patent Your Ideas

  1. 1. Patenting your ideaDr. HananMahmoud<br />Reference:<br />Derwent World Patents Index, <br /><br />
  2. 2. The History of Patents<br />The word patent comes from the Latin 'litteraepatentes', meaning an open letter. Such letters were used by medieval monarchs to confer rights and privileges. <br />With a royal seal, the letters served as proof of those rights, for all to see. <br />
  3. 3. first system for patenting inventions<br />First informal system was developed in Renaissance Italy. <br />This system was introduced into the rest of Europe by émigré Venetian glass-blowers to protect their skills against those of local workers. <br />
  4. 4. The first recorded patent of invention<br />Granted to John of Utynam<br />In 1449, he was awarded a 20-year monopoly for a glass-making process<br />
  5. 5. What is a Patentable Invention?<br />  <br />Most inventions are new machines, products or industrial processes, and these generally can be patented. <br />However , scientific discoveries without specified application, cannot be patented. <br />Things that exist in nature, which are discovered and not invented<br />Scientific theories or mathematical methods cannot be patented.<br />
  6. 6. What about Us “Computer science”<br />The patent law has been updated in Europe to reflect advances in the fast moving areas of biotechnology and computer software. <br />Computer program products could be patentable if they resulted in additional technical effects which went beyond the "normal" physical interaction between software and hardware associated with running the program.<br />
  7. 7. Copyright<br />In the USA, one can patent a computer program, an animal and a variety of plant. <br />This is not so in other countries, <br />although alternative protection may be obtained in some cases through Registered Designs or the laws of Copyright. <br />
  8. 8. In general a patent will be granted for an invention as long as it : <br />is new or "novel": the invention must never have been made in public in any way, anywhere, before the date on which the application for a patent is filed ( one year in public for USA). <br />involves an inventive or "unobvious" step: this step must not be obvious to others with good knowledge and experience of the subject of the invention. <br />is capable of industrial/useful application: an invention must be capable of being made or used in some kind of industry <br />
  9. 9. Patent My Algorithm?<br />I came up with an algorithm that does something fundamental that no one has thought of yet (see next paragraph). <br /> I believe this algorithm would be useful to companies such as Microsoft, IBM, Oracle, etc...  I spent a couple of months reading scientific literature and patents (via and from my research it appears I do in fact have a unique algorithm.<br />
  10. 10. Should I attempt to patent the thing? <br />Well, I can't patent an Algorithm as such because Algorithms are considered to be mathematics and mathematics can't be patented. <br /> Apparently software patents have to be specified in such a way that a physical machine is performing the operations.  <br />That's why software patents seem kind of hokey when you read them.<br />No problem, I can do that; describe the algorithm as the steps a machine goes thru to perform a task.  <br />But then the question is cost??? (use KSU IP unit)<br />
  11. 11. How KSU helps?<br />Intellectual Property Program <br /><br /><br />innovation@KSU.EDU.SA <br />Phone 4670447 <br />Information Manager : Dr. Khalid Al-Saleh<br />
  12. 12. How IT department helps?<br />The Research unit in the department established a subunit called: PC “Patent Care”<br />We will give:<br />Advise<br />Consultation <br />Help<br />Paper work<br />Email:<br />
  13. 13. What did I patent?<br />We filed for two patents (the third is under the way)<br />1. Noisy Password<br />2. Code Based Hashing for Message Authentication Codes<br />
  14. 14. Thank you<br />