Patent protection

A patent provides the right to exclude others from making, using, selling, offering for sale, or importing the patented invention for the term of the patent, which is usually 20 years from the filing date. For an invention to be patentable, the work must meet the following three criteria.


It is new and previously unknown. To be novel, it cannot have been published, sold, or used prior to the filing date of a patent application. The U.S. allows a 12-month grace period following publication, but this grace period does not exist internationally.

A patent application must be filed prior to ANY public disclosure to maximize the potential value of an innovation. A public disclosure is any publication, conference presentation, poster session, grant proposals, thesis, or even submission of an abstract. Therefore, if you are interested in commercializing an invention, it is important to contact us as early in the process as possible. It is critical that you report an invention by submitting an Invention Disclosure Form no less than two business days prior to any public disclosure or statutory deadline.


It must be a process, machine, manufacture, composition, or improvement thereof.


It must be sufficiently inventive and not obvious to one with “ordinary skill” in the field.

The patent process is long and requires a number of steps from the initial filing to the time that patent issues. We work with outside patent counsels for filing the patent applications. Your expertise is needed throughout the process.