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To Patent or Not To Patent?

Updated: Sep 25, 2023

The question is whether "To Patent or Not to Patent"

Do you know that the "surgical method of performing a Coronary Artery Bypass Graft", cannot be patented?

- Section (3), Indian patents Act 1970,

So how does an individual find out, whether their invention is patentable or not?

The number of innovations is increasing day by day in the international market. Individuals and companies must protect their property, that is intellectual or in other words patentable, to secure their investments.

It pays to create extraordinary creations, which is the reason these creators choose to patent their inventions.

The 1st patent was awarded to an Italian architect during the 15th century for a boat which can be used for transportation of marbles on the river Arno. His name was Filippo Brunellesch, a designer and an architect.

Since then, patents have been awarded to some of the more famous inventions that have touched our lives.

A world without a light bulb, one cannot imagine, what would it look like.....

Thomas Alva Edison, was a famous scientist who invented the Light bulb and he was rewarded with a patent in 1878.

However, most people do not know that, around that time in England, Joseph Swan, an English inventor, was granted a patent for a similar creation.

Later, they eventually merge and form a company, "Edison & Swan United Electric Light". Edison received about 1,093 patents, for his inventions, including the phonograph and the Dictaphone.

In this blog, we are going to discuss the importance and benefits of patenting, & how they align with specific Standards and Open Source.

Firstly, what is a patent?....

What is a patent?

"Patent means the exclusive right over any idea or invention".

A patent is nothing but a monopoly provided by the government officials, an authority, protection and permission to sell your innovative inventions, chemical processes, technology, and much more.

An official written document has to be submitted, by the inventor at the patent office , including all the necessary details and signatures in it.

The patent officials do all the research and identify the invention or the technology, whether it's actually patentable or not. Or you just come up with this invention, by simply shuffling the process which is already in existence or has been already registered.

So after all the process, they issue you a patent, which is mainly a permission that excludes others, a permission to market and sell your inventions in any area for a specific interval of time, and a prohibition placed on your competitors to not only make your ideas, invention, products, innovation, etc.

For example, if you get a patent in Russia, you can manufacture and sell your inventions in Russia. Nobody else is going to copy your invention and sell them. The government official makes sure of it.

It is illegal for others to do so, as they can be easily sued.


To know more about patent and its types, validity, eligibility click on the link below!!!!!

Note: This information has been taken from the list of different countries and is not intended as legal advice. This will give you a general idea about what exactly a patent is. We recommend you to consult a lawyer if you want legal advice for your particular situation.

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