This section will help you to prepare before filing a patent application. Patents protect some innovations, but not others. You should be sure you are ready before embarking on the application process that could take several years, whilst you also grow your market and raise investment.
This section helps you to consider the costs and value of a patent, what the criteria are to be granted a patent, and whether someone already invented the same thing before. Patents are arguably the world’s best knowledge transfer system since the Renaissance and still going strong!
Your business and patents
Does your business need patents? Which markets might want your invention? Application fees, translation costs, foreign filings… how much might it all cost? But how much might it be worth?Learn more
Is it patentable?
Patents are granted for technical inventions that are new, not obvious and useful. So the first rule: keep it secret prior to filing your application! But not everything that is new necessarily qualifies for a patent. We explain what’s patentable and what’s not.Learn more
Are you the first?
Are similar inventions to yours already in the patent databases? A good search can help you differentiate your technology from predecessors’, identify potential customers and inspire your own research.Learn more
Why do we have patents?
Innovation takes a variety of forms. Patents are just one of several tools that policymakers use to encourage innovation. Let’s look at the alternatives to better understand why patents exist.Learn more
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* The general information on these pages and videos provides only a broad overview and is not comprehensive. It is not a substitute for legal advice specific to your own needs, nor should it be relied upon exclusively. You should consult a qualified professional (for example a European patent attorney) before taking any actions that could impact your business.