A patent provides a temporary monopoly for an innovative technical concept.
A patent enables the owner to stop others making, selling or importing the invention for the duration of the patent, which can be up to 20 years from filing. It is therefore a valuable strategic asset that can act as both a deterrent and an enforceable legal right.
Our expertise is in preparing the patent specification, which carefully defines your invention. The procedure is fairly complex and in practise requires the services of a qualified attorney to ensure all requirements are met and that any protection meets your commercial needs.
We also work with a network of overseas patent attorneys to help clients get corresponding protection in countries of interest.
For an idea to be patentable, two main requirements need to be met:
- The idea must be novel.
- The idea must not be obvious compared to what has been done before.
If you have an idea that you would like to patent, we recommend you call us initially so that we can discuss whether your idea is likely to be patentable. We also offer a free initial meeting at which we will advise in more detail and take you through the process and likely costs involved.