PBL Guide to Patenting
PBL is happy to advise any scientist from any organisation, free of charge, on potential patentability of research results. We aim to give you a quick response to your enquiry, provided we have sufficient detail to make an assessment.
When should you consider filing a Patent Application?
Generally speaking, if a piece of science excites you sufficiently that you wish to publish or talk on it, then a visit to your patent contact (feel free to click here: email@example.com) would be advisable. It is better to take advice too early, since, once disclosed, the chance to obtain wide patent protection may well be irretrievably lost. Hence it is advisable to see your patent contact as soon as possible, certainly well before any publication has been submitted or disclosure taken place (see above). It may even be worthwhile taking advice ahead of starting a particular piece of research, since often this will help anticipate the timing of key results, making the process of preparing a patent application more efficient for you and your patent advisor.
Apart from patentability it is also vitally important to assess technical feasibility of exploiting a new invention as well as the commercial potential with respect to the justification of the costs of obtaining and maintaining patent protection. Please contact us for more information.
The following sections give you some basic information About Patents, The Patent Process and the qualifying criteria for Patentable Inventions.
The Guide for Inventors sets out what we would need from you if we decided to prepare a patent application on your research results.
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