A patent protects new inventions and covers how
things work, what they do, how they do it, what they are made of and how
they are made. It gives the owner the right to prevent others from making,
using, importing or selling the invention without permission.
Your invention must:
- be new;
- have an inventive step that is not obvious to someone with
knowledge and experience in the subject;
- be capable of being made or used in some kind of industry;
- not be:
a scientific or
mathematical discovery, theory or method
a literary, dramatic, musical or artistic work
a way of performing a mental act, playing a game or doing business
the presentation of information, or some computer programs
an animal or plant variety
a method of medical treatment or diagnosis
against public policy or morality.
If your invention meets these
requirements, you may want to consider applying for a patent.
If you have a granted patent, you must renew it every year after the
5th year for up to 20 years protection.