How can I know whether my invention is eligible for a patent?

To be eligible for a patent, your invention needs to meet parameters given by the government. In a country like the United States, the entire process of getting a patent is lengthy. So, it’s advisable to check whether your invention is patentable or not before applying. It helps you in dealing with the entire process hassle-free.

It’s crucial to familiarize through the US patent law before indulging yourself in the application process. According to US patent law, any individual who invents any machinery, equipment, or a process may apply for a patent. You will only get the full patent right if your invention is useful and meets all criteria.

To get a better idea, you can meet a patent attorney who will help you understand things without leaving any scope of confusion.

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Following are some eligibility criteria that your invention should meet to be eligible for a patent.

  1. To fulfil the patent eligibility, your invention needs to cover subject matter that the government has set as patentable. According to this, any process, machine, manufacture or composition are patentable subject matters. However, there are specific subject matters which are not subject matter eligible such as laws of nature.

  2. An invention should also fulfil other criteria such as:
    • It should be useful,
    • It should be new concept. Your invention should not be among the public before youapply for its patent. Even if you write an article explaining the function or any othercrucial description of your patent, your patent application may be rejected.
    • It should have an inventive step or should be non-obvious.



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