What inventions can be protected by a patent?
In general, an invention can be a product or a process but in order to grand a patent, your invention must be patentable. For invention to be patentable, besides the formal application requirements, the invention must meet the following three criteria:
- Novelty – it can’t be anything that has been disclosed in the public through any type of publication anywhere in the world.
- Utility – it has to be something that has practical applications that can be demonstrated, however, this requirement is very subjective and may vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction.
- Non-Obviousness – it can’t be just a modification of some product or process that already exists and has been patented.