Patenting a Product

Protect your product to prevent others from copying

A patent protects new inventions and covers how things work, what they do, how they do it, what they are made of and how they are made. It gives the owner the right to prevent others from making, using, importing or selling the invention without permission. Your invention must:

  • be new
  • have an inventive step that is not obvious to someone with knowledge and experience in the subject
  • be capable of being made or used in some kind of industry
Patenting an idea is a complicated process but it is very important to the future success of your idea. If a UK patent can be obtained it is generally the best way to protect your idea, but other forms of Intellectual Property protection can help too. If you are uncertain of how to patent your idea then contact us for a free, no obligation assessment. If a patent is appropriate, here are the steps involved in patenting an idea:
Other forms of product protection

Copyright

Copyright can protect:

      • literary works, including novels, instruction manuals, computer programs, song lyrics, newspaper articles and some types of database
      • dramatic works, including dance or mime
      • musical works
      • artistic works, including paintings, engravings, photographs, sculptures, collages, architecture, technical drawings, diagrams, maps and logos
      • layouts or typographical arrangements used to publish a work, for a book for instance
      • recordings of a work, including sound and film
      • broadcasts of a work

You should only copy or use a work protected by copyright with the copyright owner’s permission. Copyright applies to any medium. This means that you must not reproduce copyright protected work in another medium without permission. This includes, publishing photographs on the internet, making a sound recording of a book, a painting of a photograph and so on.

Trademarks

A trade mark is a sign which can distinguish your goods and services from those of your competitors (you may refer to your trade mark as your “brand”). It can be for example, words, logos or a combination of both. The only way to register your trade mark is to apply to The Intellectual Property Office. You can use your trade mark as a marketing tool so that customers can recognise your products or services.

Registered Design

For the purposes of registration, a design is legally defined as being “the appearance of the whole or part of a product resulting from the features of, in particular, the lines, contours, colours, shape, texture or materials of the product or ornamentation.”

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