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Do you need a patent?

May 11, 2011 - Tags: Intellectual property

Istock 000001283786xsmallDo you have a great idea for a new product, material, or process or have you invented something new? If so, you may want to consider protecting your invention with a patent.

A patent is a government grant that gives you the exclusive right to make, sell, and use your invention for 20 years from the date you file your application.

Patenting your invention can help you:

  • Attract investors
  • Protect your idea from competitors
  • License or sell your idea to others

You can apply for a patent if you invent something new or if you develop an improvement on an existing invention.

To be eligible for a patent, your invention must be:

  • Novel - your invention must be the first of its kind in the world
  • Useful - your invention must be functional and operative
  • Inventive - your invention must show ingenuity and not be obvious to others

Before you invest your time and money, search the Canadian Patents Database to see if your invention has already been patented. If it hasn't been patented, you will want to decide if the benefits of patenting outweigh the costs for your business.

Keep in mind that if you are granted a patent for an improvement to an existing invention, you will need to get a license from the owner of the original invention before you use it. Conversely, if the original patent holder wants to use your improvement, they will have to sign a licensing agreement with you.

It is important to remember that a Canadian patent protects your invention within the country, but not internationally. If you would like to protect your invention in other countries, you will want to file separate patent applications.

The Canadian Intellectual Property Office has a Guide to Patents as well as a tutorial that can help you lean more about the application process.

For more information about intellectual property and how to apply it to your ideas, creations and inventions, visit our Intellectual Property page.

Comments

je voudrais intégrer une base de donnée avec le scancorporel qui se trouve dans tout les aeroports

merci

By Moussif on May 13, 2011

Bonjour Moussif,

Si vous voulez breveter votre invention, commencer tout d’abord par une recherche dans la Base de données sur les brevets canadiens. Vous ne voulez pas perdre votre temps et argent si l’idée est déjà brevetée.

Notez que pour être brevetable, votre invention doit être :

•  nouvelle – elle doit être la première en son genre dans le monde entier;
•  utile – elle doit être fonctionnelle et exploitable;
•  inventive – elle doit témoigner d’ingéniosité et ne pas être une invention évidente.

Notre section sur les Droits d’auteur et propriété intellectuelle présente des renseignements pertinents sur les brevets et d’autres formes de propriété intellectuelle.

Pour plus de renseignements, veuillez communiquer soit par téléphone, courriel, ou en personne avec un agent de l’Office de la propriété intellectuelle du Canada

Merci et bonne chance avec vos démarches.

By Canada Business on May 17, 2011

I have 4 ideas that I would like to find out if any one else has discovered my idea before I apply for Patent.
I would like to know if I can find out how much it will cost to do a search on my ideas?

By Jon on June 5, 2011

Hi Jon,
 
If you are thinking about patenting your ideas, start your research by using the free of charge Canadian Patents Database to see if the idea has already been patented. A more sophisticated search can be done in person at CIPO’s Client Service Centre. There are no fees for general services. You can also obtain information by telephone at 1-866-997-1936 (TTY 1-866-442-2476), or make general enquiries by email or by fax.
 
Best of luck with your search.

By Canada Business on June 10, 2011

Can a service be patented?

By Geoff on June 16, 2011

Hello Geoff,
 
In Canada, there are three basic criteria for patentability:
 
•  The invention must show novelty (be the first in the world)
•  It must show utility (be functional and operative)
•  It must show inventive ingenuity and not be obvious to someone skilled in that area
 
The invention can be a product (for example, a door lock), a composition (for example, a chemical composition used in lubricants for door locks), an apparatus (for example, a machine for making door locks), a process (for example, a method for making door locks), or an improvement on any of these.

Generally a service can be patentable if it meets the three criteria; inventors usually seek the advice of a registered patent agent to discuss individual cases.

For more information on patents, please consult the Guide to Patents, available on the CIPO website. Additionally, you can contact CIPO’s Client Service Centre.

Good luck with your quest.

By Canada Business on June 20, 2011

I have an idea for a military technology, but have no money to patent. I don’t want to manufacture, I just want to patent and sell the rights to the idea. I have not developed the idea as I don’t have the technical knowledge and expertise.

I hesitate to just give the idea away, I don’t know what to do. I have contacted the DRDC, but I doubt they will just buy my idea, especially not without a patent.

Can the government help me? Are there any programs that can assist me in the process of developing and patenting? What do I do next?

By Logan on July 14, 2011

Hi Logan,

The first thing you might consider doing is using the free of charge Canadian Patents Database to see if the idea has already been patented. A more sophisticated search can be done in person at the Canadian Intellectual Property Office’s (CIPO ) Client Service Centre. There are no fees for general services.

By Canada Business on July 18, 2011

How much can I expect to pay if I end up having my idea patented?

By Tyronne on September 18, 2011

J’ai une théorie de l’invention est un dispositif qui génère une grande énergie. À moindre coût. Aidez-moi à chercher des sponsors dans le développement de la machine. Ce projet a coûté 50.000 euros.

By sid on November 19, 2011

Bonjour Sid,

Le Réseau des entreprises canadiennes (à ne pas confondre avec Entreprises Canada) est une base de données qui peut vous aider à trouver des compagnies canadiennes. Vous pourriez trouver un partenaire potentiel par le biais de centaines de répertoires spécialisés d’entreprise dans les domaines de la fabrication

By Canada Business on November 25, 2011

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