Patents

An invention is either a solution to a problem or a new way of doing something. It may be a gadget, device, machine or apparatus, or it may be a process, method, computer program or technique. If your invention meets these criteria, you may be entitled to a patent to protect your idea.

To qualify for a standard patent your invention must be new and “not obvious”. Other requirements may apply, depending on the type of patent you wish to apply for and the jurisdiction where you intend to apply.

This can often be a long and complicated process, but we will be there to assist you through it all. Contact IP SENTINELS to discuss the best way protect your invention.

IP SENTINELS can assist you with:

  • Searching to see if your invention is new
  • Drafting a patent specification to cover the invention in a way that is not easily avoided by potential infringers
  • Filing a patent application with the Australian Patent Office – a part of IP Australia – and other Patent Offices around the world, including filing an International Patent Application under the Patent Co-operation Treaty, or by use of the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property.  In Australia there are three types of patent applications: a provisional patent application, a standard patent application and an innovation patent application.  We can advise on which one is the right one for your circumstances
  • Prosecuting your patent application through to grant, which includes advising on responses to Office Actions by Patent Examiners (also called examiner’s reports) and filing the response in the best way to overcome the objection raised by the examiner
  • Running an opposition against the grant of a patent or defending an opposition filed by someone else against the grant of your application
  • Providing infringement or freedom to operate advice.  This may be to a patent holder wishing to enforce the patent against an infringer or it may be to a business wishing to avoid infringing the rights of a patent owner
  • Attending to annuities (that is payment of maintenance or renewal fees) along with monitoring of annuity dates