There are a number of important factors that must be considered before determining whether an idea is patented. These include the invention itself, the non-obviousness of the idea, the Inventive step, and the Business plan. Keeping good records of all your ideas is essential. Not only will these records prove that you are the rightful owner of the idea, but they can also help you in the creative process. Before you file for a patent, be sure to record all of the work that goes into developing your idea. Sign each entry and have two witnesses sign.


When to patent an invention depends on the type of product and the intended market. There are some general guidelines that are used to determine whether a product can be patented. It should be obvious that your product or process is novel, but you should also consider the patentability of your ideas. The process may involve filing a patent application and waiting for the result. However, if your product is not yet ready for market, you may wish to try submitting a provisional application.

First, you must establish utility. According to the PTO, a patentable invention must be useful for some purpose. Moreover, the utility assertion must be credible, specific, and substantial. Moreover, a person of ordinary skill in the art must accept the disclosed invention for its claimed use. This requirement is based on the description and drawings of the product. Generally, this requirement is met when the product satisfies both requirements.

Once you have established that your product or service is unique and can be commercially viable, you can prepare a patent application. However, before you file for a patent, you must confirm whether your invention is patentable and whether other companies have already patented it. If you’re unsure, a patent attorney can guide you through the process. The process of securing a patent may take many months or even years, depending on the type of patent.


Patentability requires that your invention be new and useful. If you do not believe that your idea or product is novel, you must prove non-obviousness. This requirement is particularly complex because it involves subjectivity. This article will explain how the USPTO and courts view this question. We will also discuss how you can prove your invention is novel and useful. You can also follow our patent law tips for a successful patent application.

The first step in the process of patenting an idea is to identify if the invention is not obvious to a reasonable person. This requirement is outlined in the patent laws of the United States and requires that the patent office determine whether the invention is obvious to a typical person in the field. A typical person in a particular field means a person with general knowledge of that field, but not necessarily the same level of expertise as the applicant. The standard for non-obviousness requires more than average education or skill in the field.

Unlike the novelty requirement, non-obviousness must be demonstrated. The inventor must have developed a new idea or method that would not have been available in the marketplace if the prior art had existed. Typically, this means that the invention is not a simple improvement of a prior art. A new technique or product must also have an exemplary use. The invention must also be useful to a large number of people.

Inventive step

Patentability requires that the inventor perform a specific inventive step in creating the invention. It can be a process that involves combining several pieces of prior art to create an original product or service. The process of assessing inventive step is known as mosaicing. It requires a skilled person in the relevant art to combine multiple pieces of prior art information into a new product or service. For example, genetic sequences may not satisfy the inventive step requirement.

It is difficult to define what constitutes an “innovative step” in an invention. The definition of “invented” is not defined in the Patents Act, but there are many cases that deal with this question. The Intellectual Property Appellate Board has thoroughly examined the issue, providing clear precedents for the Patent Office. This is a good place to start for patenting an idea. However, there are exceptions.

While the rules governing inventive step dates back to the 15th century, the use of these rules is more common today, especially in the tech industry. Many software companies are producing tools that the general public does not use. Inventive step is different than non-obviousness, which only protects new products. A new product should provide some benefit to the public. The new product must also solve a specific problem.

Business plan

Before you begin the patenting process, you must know exactly when to patent an idea. This is done by conducting a prior art search to see if a similar product or idea has already been patented. This research requires extensive research and a thorough understanding of the invention’s description. A careful drafter can make broad or narrow patent claims based on the prior art search. This will prevent later amendments and prosecution. In addition, a careful drafter can avoid having to re-file a patent application for the same idea.

When to patent an idea depends on the nature of the idea. If an idea was developed by another person, it is likely that someone else has already patented the idea. In such a case, it is crucial to seek patent protection right away. Generally, a patent is only good for a period of 12 months. During this time, a person can market the product or idea. However, a product can still be improved without the patent protection.

Before you patent an idea, you must be sure it is truly novel and original. There are no patents for blog posts or Powerpoint presentations. Novelty and usefulness are two factors that increase a product’s chance of being patented. Furthermore, you must describe the invention in detail so that a skilled person could duplicate it. Since patenting requires a lot of documentation, it is important to carefully document your progress and gather all the documentation you can.


The costs of patenting an idea vary greatly, depending on the complexity of the invention. For independent inventors, patenting an idea typically costs $16,000 to $38,000. However, patents for software, biotechnology, and other highly technical ideas can cost as much as $1 million. This cost will double if the patent is published for opposition and comment. The total cost may be up to PS6,000 or more. Before you can begin, you must gather the necessary funding.

Fortunately, there are two roadmaps to help managers decide whether to protect a patentable idea or keep it a secret. These models are intended to help innovators make the right choice when protecting their ideas. Each roadmap is based on different considerations, so managers can weigh each to see which is most important. By comparing the two, innovators can choose the strategy that will best protect their idea and recover the costs associated with it.

Getting an eligibility opinion

Before you get started on the patenting process, you’ll want to get an eligibility opinion for your idea from a patent attorney. Patent attorneys can make their own eligibility opinions based on specific facts. Patent eligibility under 35 U.S.C. SS101 is a highly contentious issue. While the Supreme Court has significantly curtailed what is patentable in the United States, many other countries have much broader definitions.

Even if you believe your invention is entirely new, there’s always a chance that it is based on prior art that you didn’t know about. The changes could be as small as color, size, shape, or how the product functions. To make sure your invention is original, however, you need to understand the prior art and know what it contains. A good patent lawyer will explain the relevant laws and regulations in detail and explain what your invention is not.