Patent is a license granted by the state to an invention conferring exclusive rights to the invented technology on the owner of the patent for a limited period of time.
Only an invention can be protected by a patent
Invention is a practical solution to a problem in technology
Patent protects an invention while copyright protects a literary or artistic work.
It is possible to patent a computer program provided it meets the criteria of patentability.
Invention is new, involves an inventive step and is industrially applicable
Prior art is the disclosed technology in the respective field anywhere in the world by the date of application for the patents.
The prior art can be searched through the data bases freely available online or commercial data bases or both.
The prior art helps understand the existing level of technology, owners of technology, those involved in technology and new trends in technology
The main part of the patent application is the patent specification
The patent specification carries the title of the invention, the existing prior art, invented technology and the rights the applicant seeks for the invention.
The patent specification and claims should be drafted with clear understanding of the existing technology and the newly invented technology and covering the newly invented technology.
The inventor should know the patent grant process including application, search by the examiner, amendment, publication, meeting the opposition, if any and the grant.
The patentee has the right to use the technology, transfer the technology and license the technology.
The patent rights can be protected through the Court by civil litigation and criminal prosecution.
The developer cannot commercially exploit the technology as far as the two inventions conflict.
An inventor who understands the technicalities of patent drafting can draft the application. Otherwise, it is appropriate to seek expert advice.
Refer to Answer 15
The IP Office keeps the applications under strict confidentiality. Any officer, who discloses the protected information, is liable to be prosecuted.
There are many drafted applications available in data bases accessible on line
Yes,Click here to download a sample Non-Disclosure Agreement, Please contact your IP lawyer for necessary amendments .