Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys Australia and New Zealand
A patent protects systems, methods, devices or substances (chemical compositions) that are new, inventive and useful. By protecting how your system, method or device operates and functions, you can protect your competitive advantage since a patent provides a limited monopoly right for the owner to exclusively exploit granted patent rights.
The attorneys at MTA can advise you how to best obtain and make use of patent rights in Australia, New Zealand and overseas.
A patent is a valuable piece of commercial property.
A patent provides the owner with the exclusive right to exploit an invention in exchange for publicly disclosing the invention in a patent specification.
The life of a standard patent is 20 years. There are four main requirements for an invention to be considered patentable in so far as standard patents are concerned. The invention must be:
An invention is generally considered new or novel if, before the priority date, it has never been disclosed in any form, anywhere in the world;
An invention is generally considered inventive if it is not considered obvious by those with knowledge in the field of the invention at the priority date;
Inventions must involve a manner of manufacture. For example, inventions that constitute an artistic creation, mathematical model, plan, scheme, non-functional shape or other purely mental process is not patentable; and
Inventions must be capable of being industrially applied.
Standard patents are examined to ensure that each of these criteria are met.