Intellectual Property Protection for Your Invention
What can be protected with a
According to the Israel Patents Law, an invention, whether a product or a process, which is new and useful, can be used
in industry or agriculture, and which involves an inventive step, is a patentable invention.
However there are restrictions to granting of patents.
No patent shall be granted for—
(1) a method of therapeutic treatment on the human body;
(2) new varieties of plants or animals, except microbiological organisms not derived from nature.
In the United States, inventions patentable:
Whoever invents or discovers any new and useful process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter, or any new and useful improvement thereof, may obtain
a patent therefor, subject to the conditions and requirements of this title. Whoever invents or discovers any new and useful process, machine, manufacture, or
composition of matter, or any new and useful improvement thereof, may obtain a patent therefor, subject to the conditions and requirements of this title.
In other countries, other conditions may apply.
A design protects the external appearance of a product, provided that appearance is not functional.
What to file: patent or design?
If the shape of a product is determined by functional considerations, this is a patent.
If not - usually this is a design.
Multi - IP
Intellectual Property Protection: A family of tools:
Each of the tools of intellectual property protection has different features and Laws. Which IP tool is best for you?
Maybe you can use several types simultaneously? For example, a product may have some functional features, which are patentable; and also nonfunctional features,
which can be protected with designs.
Some inventions are not suitable for any type of IP protection.
We have developed a method for using several IP tools for protecting an invention, where possible. The method takes into account the various characteristics of each
IP tool, so these tools don't interfere with each other, rather a stronger than patent protection may be achieved, for a longer time period. Thus we achieve synergy.
For details see Multi-IP
A trademarked is used to distinguish a product. It may include text or a figure or a combination thereof.
A service mark is used to distinguish a service.
Trademarks can last indefinitely, unlike a patent or a design that have a finite maximal life. This, provided that the owner of the mark takes care of to keep it as required by law.
Copyright may give a strong protection, in many countries, at a low expense.
Its weakness is that it only protects against copying, not against the use of the protected matter.
Thus, a new thing may be created which is very similar to another's copyrighted thing, and still there is no infringement of the copyright if the second thing was developed independently.
Who owns the copyright? There is no simple answer, and there are many considerations involved.
You may consult with a
In the past, copyright was used to protect software. Now, patents are used to protect all types of software, including smartphone applications.
For details see
Copyright protection and registration
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