- Novel pharmaceutical compositions
- Newly devised methods of producing oil from shale
- Solar collector elements coated with novel solar-selective coatings
- Intruder alarms incorporating novel electronic circuitry
- Power steering systems
These all incorporate an essential common ingredient – an inventive step beyond the simple application of standard textbook-type knowledge.
It’s important that you take steps to secure protection early in any development project, as any disclosure or sale (or offer for sale) may prejudice the granting of a valid patent.
A standard patent is not granted until an application has been examined and seen to meet statutory requirements.
However, your invention can be exploited commercially any time after the patent application has been filed. Examples of this are said to have ‘patents pending’.
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