What can be patented?

Patentable Subject Matter

  • Product
  • Composition of matter
  • Machine
  • Process
  • Improvements on any of the above

Grey Zones:

  • Software
  • Business methods

An invention must be:

  • Novel – not publically disclosed anywhere in the world
  • Useful – functional and operative
  • Non-obvious (inventive step) – showing ingenuity and not obvious to someone of average skill who works in the field of the invention