FAQs: 5. What is involved in the patent process?

What is involved in the patent process?

The patent process in the UK (and most other countries) is relatively long (usually 3-4 years), and there are various deadline-driven stages and procedures that need to be followed. To the uninitiated, this process can seem complex and laborious, so in our final blog in this FAQ series, we will look at what is involved…

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FAQs: 4. What is Invention Harvesting?

What is involved in the patent process?

When you’re trying to decide what might need protecting, start by thinking about what it is that will distinguish your business and/or product(s) from those of your nearest competitors. What features will make your customers buy your product rather than any other similar product in the market. It is these features that really should be…

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FAQs: 3. What is patentable?

What is involved in the patent process?

I am often asked, what is patentable? Well, you could try reading the Patent Office guide to patentability in their Manual of Patent Practice, which is long, complicated and rather laborious to say the least. Or you can read on for a quick and easy guide… A patent can be obtained for a product, process,…

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FAQs: 1. What is a patent?

What is involved in the patent process?

A patent is a piece of intellectual property (IP) that protects technical innovation. If you have a patent for your product, process, system (or part of it), you can stop your competitors from doing the same for up to twenty years. What is the difference between patents and other registered IP? Patents protect technical innovation. …

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The truth about “obviousness” in patent law

The truth about "obviousness" in patent law

Do you think your invention is too “obvious” to be patentable? You’re not alone. I so often hear inventors dismiss their inventions, or elements of them, as “obvious” and, therefore, unpatentable that I feel moved to write again about this often misunderstood (or misinterpreted) term. So here’s the truth about “obviousness” in patent law. The…

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The benefits of early IP advice and guidance

The benefits of early IP advice and guidance

Service Introduction At Strachan IP, we endeavour to offer an ‘immersive’, rather than purely transactional service. This means that we like to get to know you, your business and your aspirations right from the start, so that we can tailor our advice and service to exactly what your business needs to thrive. Service Overview What…

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Patents that changed our world

Patents that changed the world we live in today

Technical evolution is impossible without invention. But without patents, invention would be severely impaired because why would you (or anyone) spend vast sums of money and resources on search and developing new technology if you had no means of preventing others from copying it as soon as it goes public? That’s one of the main…

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The Role of a Patent Attorney

The role of a patent attorney

The Role of a Patent Attorney: Safeguarding Innovation and Intellectual Property In a rapidly evolving world driven by innovation and technology, the protection of intellectual property has become increasingly important. Entrepreneurs, inventors, and businesses invest an enormous amount of time, effort, and resources into creating unique and inventive products or processes. To safeguard these innovations…

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UK Copyright in AI-Generated Artwork

Copyright in AI-generated artwork

Do you like my ‘photograph’? I created it in a matter of minutes using DALL-E2. But do I own the copyright? If not, who owns the copyright in an image created using an AI art generator? It’s a good question. And there are two parts to it really: what are you allowed to do with…

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