We talk about novelty in a patent with Ruth Amos, an inventor, entrepreneur, edutuber, managing director of Stairsteady, and the recipient of the 2006 Young Engineer for Britain.
Hello! From Washington, DC. This is Episode 5. Today we will talk about novelty in a patent with an exciting young inventor.
Before we talk with our guest, an Inventor, Entrepreneur, Edutuber, Managing Director of Stairsteady, co-founder of the #girlswithdrills movement, and the recipient of the 2006 Young Engineer for Britain. Let´s talk about novelty as a patent requirement—building on what we have already explained in Episode 1.
In Episode 1 we talked about how a patent would be granted to a new invention with an inventive step and industrial application. We also said that an invention is new when it is not in the state of the art, which covers all the information available to the public. It sounds overwhelming, doesn't it? All the information is available to the public. This information includes everything you have published or communicated to the public yourself, as well as all previous patent applications. What if someone without your consent made your invention public before you could apply for your patent? Well, in many countries, the law protects against such unauthorized publications. And to protect yourself further, you should seriously consider signing confidentiality agreements with those involved in developing your invention. It doesn't matter how much you trust them. Also, there is often a grace period of 12 months from the first publication within which you can apply for a patent without affecting the novelty. Since the moment you start with the materialization of the idea that will lead you to your invention, it is best to keep it confidential and when you have developed it, apply for a patent as soon as possible, because in many countries if two or more people create an invention that is the same or quite similar, the exclusivity of the patent will usually be granted to the first person who made the application. Here the importance of being the first, the first to patent. Now you know, novelty is one of the prerequisites to achieve the patenting of our invention. We have to be very careful when we are developing it to not compromise the novelty and put at risk the obtaining of our patent. Let's discover more about inventions and patents with our guest.
Today we have the great pleasure of talking with a young inventor. She will share with us how an idea changed her future and made her a successful entrepreneur.
A proper intellectual property strategy is crucial for successfully protecting your invention. It starts from the moment you get the idea. It continues when you are developing the invention when you begin the formal patent procedures when producing and offering your product in the market. It may feel like an endless effort, but an IP strategy is likely to determine the fate of your invention.
There you have it. Thank you so much for sharing your story, invention, and projects. Surround yourself with knowledgeable people and research on how to protect your invention in your country and abroad. Ask your local patent office. They usually have programs to support inventors and even aid programs to waive some patenting fees. Trust your instinct and protect the fruit of your hard work.
Your work, inventiveness, and skill can be the expected solution to many of the problems we face every day. Be encouraged to pursue your passion and remember to protect your inventions.
And, so we come to the end of our episode. See you next Tuesday, with a new guest and a new IP topic. |
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