|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 marketable product.
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.