Have you developed a revolutionary product? Have you thought about filing a patent and do you know how to register one?
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Why register a patent ?
Whether you are a researcher, a start-up, a large firm, an engineer or an amateur inventor, registering your patent gives you exclusive rights of use for your invention.
As an industrial property title, a patent gives the owner exclusive rights of use for up to twenty years. Having a registered patent gives you a clear competitive advantage and can be key to your growth.
Patents can technically and creatively protect all new inventions.
When to register a patent ?
As soon as possible!
In order to benefit from patent protection, your invention must be new. This means that no one else has registered a patent covering the same invention, but also that no one, either professionally or in the public domain, knows about your patent.
For this reason, from the very earliest stages, it is important that no one, including yourself, discloses your invention before your register a patent. Failing to do so, could lead to losing your rights to the invention.
how to register a patent ?
The protection of companies’ industrial property rights and in particular the management of patents can only be thought of in a “global” way; we are on the scale of a world in which all territories are now in competition.
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Why should I consider patenting my inventions ?
There are many good reasons to file a patent, following the conception and realization of an invention.
However, it is important to know what a patentable invention covers before thinking about filing a patent application. In this respect, it is clear that there is no definition of such an invention as such. In French law at least, it is defined in the negative, i.e. by what it is not. For this purpose, it is necessary to refer to a list of elements excluded from the category of inventions as it is notably enshrined in a scattered manner in the Intellectual Property Code. (L. 611-10, L.611-16, L.611-18, L.611-19 of the Intellectual Property Code).
Otherwise, the patent is understood as a “technical solution to a technical problem” according to the terms of the Board of Appeal of the European Patent Office. It thus seems possible to obtain patents in all fields of technology in the broad sense, with a presumably utilitarian character (from a pencil to a sophisticated robot).
The purpose of filing a patent is to obtain protection for new inventions that can be used in industry and that present an inventive activity.
Thus, obtaining a patent confers a protection on a registered invention, ensuring a monopoly of exploitation for a maximum period of 20 years, which makes it possible to benefit from a certain competitive advantage.
In other words, the patent applicant will become the definitive title holder of a right to prohibit the exploitation of the invention concerned.
But this advantage is not limited to this last consideration, since obtaining a patent will, among other things, generate revenues, deter competition, provide an economic and strategic advantage and contribute to forging the image of a company.