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The definition of an Invention

What is an invention

Disclaimer: This FAQ should not be construed as legal advice on any specific facts. The contents are intended for general informational purposes only. You are urged to consult your own solicitor on any specific legal questions you may have.
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 by Todd Bateman

What is an Invention?


Patent law protection is limited to inventions in most economically developed countries, such as France, Germany, and Japan. Patents are regarded on the same footing with utility models and industrial designs under the Paris Convention; “patents” refers solely to invention patents.

An innovation patent tries to safeguard the invention's technological solution. A technical solution is a concept for resolving a specific technological problem that individuals face in their job and lives using natural rules. In a nutshell, it's a solution that uses natural laws and forces to generate specific outcomes.

An object submerged in water, for example, will be buoyed by the water, with buoyancy equal to the weight of the water displaced by the object. This occurrence is a natural rule that does not qualify for patent protection. The design of a ship created by applying this natural law, on the other hand, is a technical solution that is protected.

An invention often comprises a number of technological aspects, as well as their interrelationships. To build a sword, for example, you must follow a set of stages. To make a billet, first, refine iron ore into slags, then melt the slags into a steel ingot and press it. The billet is then forged into a steel bar, which is then used to build a primitive sword. The blade of the primitive sword is honed further. To complete the sword, you engrave a pattern on the blade, polish it, and mount a handle. These processes, as well as the order in which they are performed, are technological elements that cannot be modified at will.

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