Inventors, developers, and designers to make an endless list of inventions every day. While an invention is usually a product of human ingenuity, it does not necessary have to be physical or tangible to qualify as an invention; it can be any creative concept. Thus, an invention can be a thought, method, technique, or set of methods. Here are seven quick steps to define and describe inventions in your own words:
Describe the creation of inventions by comparing and contrasting their value with other inventions that came before it. Comparing the value of other inventions reveals the inventor’s idea of the problem or need and the means to achieve it. Compare and contrast the utility and attraction of all previous inventions to the present one. Design an invention based on a thesis presented by the inventors. Convert a physical object into a chemical substance, and create a solution for a practical problem by applying an invention based on the thesis.
Determine the authority or jurisdiction over the invention in question. Whether a national, state, or local authority granted the patent for the invention is not relevant. Furthermore, determining whether the invention is patented will not change the decision as long as no one else has claimed the same invention before you. A claim must be able to demonstrate “clearly establishable” prior art. Often, this means that the invention bears a resemblance to an earlier invention, and it must have been made under conditions that could be patentable.
List all of the inventions together. Do not include technical details because they do not matter for the purposes of this exercise. Compare each invention to all others that have come before it. The goal is to determine if there are any obvious prior art creations that could have prevented the invention being patented. In most cases, courts allow inventors to sue other parties for infringements of prior art to the invention is patent.
The first step of the test is to propose a hypothesis for the invention. A hypothesis refers to the idea or theory behind the invention and can typically be drawn from published works (books, articles, etc.). Many inventors use their patent applications to draw attention to prior art where they think there may be an invention hidden within other inventions already disclosed.
The second step is to carry out an examination of the prior art. This step consists of searching through documents in libraries and online to discover if any publications, patents, articles, etc., already disclose information that could be relevant to the invention being patented. If so, review each publication or item to determine if it bears support for the claims of the inventor submits. If there is supportive evidence for the invention being patented, the invention is granted a patent by the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Once a patent is issued, a company can then pursue the commercial benefits of the invention.