A patent protects a new idea that may be applied industrially. It is a grant by the government of a country of an exclusive right for a specific term to prevent others from using your invention. In most countries, the term is 20 years.
The purpose of this exclusive right is to give a valuable business tool, which can be used to enhance commercial success.
You can patent new products, machines, electronics, compositions, processes, and software. You cannot get a patent for a basic idea on its own without explaining how to put the idea into practice.
How do I protect my invention with a patent?
Getting a patent for your invention is a complex legal process. You need expert help from a patent attorney to give you the best chance of securing good protection for your invention.
It is critical that you do not reveal your invention to anyone before speaking to a patent attorney. If you tell anyone about your invention before filing a patent application, you may not be able to get a patent. The patenting process generally involves the following steps:
- filing a provisional application
- filing a complete specification
- grant and renewal
How can AJ Park help me?
Whether you're a global company or an individual entrepreneur, protecting your patentable inventions and proprietary technology should be a top priority. Without proper patent protection, technology improvements may be compromised, resulting in lost revenue and opportunities.
We have a specialist team of patent attorneys who advise on, search and prepare applications in New Zealand, Australia and internationally. They can handle the various matters that can arise in the development and ownership of a patent portfolio, including application preparation, litigation and licensing.
Our team of over 40 registered patent attorneys are quoted as making ‘light work of even the most exacting demands of patent owners in any sector’ by the Intellectual Asset Management 1000 index. And for many of our clients, we have become an important part of their innovation and protection process.
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