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protecting Ideas

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A CENTURY OF SUPPORT

FOR

A  CENTURY OF IDEAS

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Inventors and creative people are always very passionate about their ideas and more often than not they like to talk about their ideas: Mistake No 1!


Please do not talk to anybody about your ideas because once they fall into the ‘public domain’ then they become ‘prior art’ and cannot be protected.


“That’s a really good idea of yours – of mine” are the words of the Intellectual Property thief and there are many of those around worldwide willing to profit from your ideas and give you nothing in return.


THE 10 POINT CHECKLIST


1. IS YOUR IDEA UNIQUE?


2. RESEARCH & CHECK & NEVER ASSUME.


3. IS YOUR IDEA COMMERCIALLY VIABLE?


4. KEEP YOUR IDEA TO YOURSELF AND DISCUSS WITH NOBODY OTHER THAN A PATENT ATTORNEY

    OR THE INSTITUTE OF PATENTEES & INVENTORS ONCE A CONFIDENTIALITY AGREEMENT HAS BEEN SIGNED.


5. DO NOT APPROACH, DISCUSS WITH, OR ENGAGE WITH ANY COMMERCIAL ORGANISATION BEFORE TAKING ANY ADVICE.


6. CONSIDER COSTS INVOLVED.


7. HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO COMMERCIALISE YOUR IDEA?


8. A BUSINESS PLAN IS ESSENTIAL.


9. PRESENTATION & MARKETING IS ESSENTIAL.


10. FOR IMPARTIAL SUPPORT, ADVICE & HOW TO PROTECT YOUR INTERESTS, JOIN THE INSTITUTE OF

     PATENTEES & INVENTORS.



Finally, and most importantly, ensure that you have the correct protection for your idea.  Patents are easy to file but expensive to maintain.  Once a Patent application is filed in Britain then a number is issued and it is then Patent Pending.  There is a period when changes can be made to the application and the claims in the application.  The application is then ‘examined’ by an examiner at the Patent Office who will undertake a thorough international search to establish if the application is ‘novel’ and above all is an ‘inventive step’.  An idea cannot be ‘prior art’ or ‘state of the art’.  If the application does not infringe any other registered intellectual property then the Patent will be granted, published, and available in the public domain.


A Patent is not always the best option because a Registered Design is a far less costly option and can in some cases give better protection for an easily reproducible concept that with a slight modification can be bypassed.


Correct guidance and advice from the outset is essential.


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WE HAVE BEEN DOING THIS FOR ALMOST 100 YEARS


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GUIDE TO INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY PROTECTION - 2016 EDITION


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 and is also subject to English Law.

Protecting Your Ideas