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Author : Deborah Kuchler
An invention is more than just an idea or discovery in a field of endeavour. Typically an invention must take the idea or discovery and apply it practically to provide a solution to a problem or a need. To be patentable, the invention must not only be novel (i.e. new), but must also involve an inventive step that takes it beyond what would be obvious to a non-inventive worker in a certain field of endeavour, and beyond the common general knowledge current in that particular field. An invention need not be a tangible product, but may instead be method or a process.
An inventor is one who was the first to form, in his or her mind, a definite perception of the claimed invention or design.
The following actions do not make someone an inventor:
It is important that a patent application name the correct inventors. Failure to name the proper inventors or including people who are not inventors could invalidate your patent. You can recognize contributors who are not inventors by sharing licensing revenues with them. Inventorship is a legal determination.
If you think there may be a possibility that the invention merits protection, please contact us.
We work with our clients to help them understand the potential paths for protection and commercialisation. Determining the fitness of the invention for commercialisation is one of our primary duties.