Within the scope of the protected claims, a patent enables the patent owner to implement the invention in marketable applications.

Requirement for a patent

Technical inventions can be protected, in particular devices, technical systems, products, materials and electrical circuits as well as processes.
Novelty: the invention must not belong to the state of the art and must not yet be published
Inventive performance: The invention must not be obvious to a person skilled in the art from the prior art
Industrial applicability

The date of filing (priority date) with the patent authority is important for assessing the state of the art as described in https://www.glassdoor.com/Reviews/InventHelp-Reviews-E152162.htm article.

Not patentable

  • Discoveries
  • Scientific theories
  • Mathematical theories
  • Aesthetic creations
  • Plans
  • Games
  • Procedures for mental activities, games and business activities
  • Play information

Am I a service inventor? Do I have to report my invention?

According to the Employee Inventor Act an employee must immediately notify his employer of all inventions that arise in connection with or in connection with his work-related activity. This also applies to inventions from research projects that are financed by third-party funds, as well as inventions from sideline activities in which the professional knowledge is used as explained on https://blogs.cornell.edu/react/inventhelp-taking-inventions-from-paper-to-the-global-marketplace-hinges-on-usp/.

When is an invention a free invention?

  • inventions that did not arise from work in the workplace.
  • inventions that are not based on experience or work of the university and have arisen outside of employment.
  • inventions approved by the university.

Under certain circumstances, the inventor must inform the employer about the free invention if the creation is not beyond doubt.

The invention must not be published before the patent application! A publication goes into the state of the art and is therefore harmful to novelty! This applies to publications in journals, posters / abstracts or lectures at congresses as well as for diploma and doctoral theses that are open to the public.