From the invention to the patent
How to protect intellectual property
An invention can be applied for a patent if it fulfils the following criteria:
- Inventive step
- Commercial applicable
|Nearly every kind of announcements of an invention before the day of filling to patent office can invalidate the criterion of the novelty.||Therefore, every patent application precedes a search. Patentsearching by your own can be done by services offered by the national patent offices (see right column).|
|Typical forms of the announcements / publications are scientific articles, existing patents, talks, publications on web pages and/or also submitted abstracts.||Professional searches can be commissioned to the patent information centre.|
Invention disclosure to the employer, patent application and the priority year
The essential content of an invention disclosure is:
After elaboration of the patent content in cooperation with our patent lawyers office, the invention is will be generaly filled first in Germany.
Within the first year after the filling date of the German patent, it has to be determined, whether other national applications should be done.
The picture below shows a typical time line of a German and European patent application process.
Subsequent applications in other countries / regions
The following patent applications are possible within 12 months after the first registration:
|We offer the following services before the foreign registration:|