An invention is something which is new (non -obvious) and can be based on an idea, but not every idea can be patented. Typical inventions involve new machines, products and industrial processes, or improvements to any of these. When a patent is granted, the invention becomes the property of the inventor. Like other forms of property, a patent can be licensed or assigned. Patents grant territorial rights, therefore a United Kingdom patent will only give rights in the UK to stop others from manufacturing or importing the patented products into the United Kingdom. The maximum life of a UK patent is generally 20 years from the date of application as long as it is kept in force by regular annual payments.
We assist our clients by identifying and protecting their patentable inventions.