for Inventors and Companies Employing Inventors
So, you made an invention and want to know whether you can get a patent
for it! Say that the invention is represented by the light bulb in the
graphic below. Typically, a search will show that a portion of the
invention is in the prior art, represented by the gray area partially
obscuring the light bulb.
It is the portion of the invention over and above the prior art that
you can get patent protection for, provided that certain patentability requirements
Note, that a large unobscured portion of the light bulb does not
automatically make you rich. Vice versa, a small unobscured portion of the
light bulb may be commercially valuable worth protecting by a patent.
Ottawa Patent Agency Incorporated can provide you with an
opinion on what portion of your invention you can get patent protection
for. Our opinion will help you make a
decision whether or not to go for a patent. Your decision will typically
be based on a cost-benefit analysis of the value of the patent for your
You have now made the decision to go for a patent. A
patent application has to be drafted, typically in a collaborative effort
between the inventor and the patent agent. As the old saw goes, the
inventor invents the invention and the patent agent invents the patent.
Ottawa Patent Agency Incorporated has exceptional inventive skills for a
The patent application is then filed at a Patent Office of
a target country, typically where the prospective patentee has a business to
protect. There is no such thing as a world patent. Although there is
indeed something called a PCT filing, which is a filing of an International
Patent Application. However, to get a patent in the target country, the
International Patent Application has to enter and be
granted in the target country. Ottawa Patent Agency Incorporated can help
you formulate and follow-through with a filing plan for your target countries.
Prosecution? No, no, nobody goes to jail! That's just an
unnecessarily intimidating term of art for what happens next with the
filed patent application until the grant of a patent. The patent
application is examined by a patent examiner of the Patent Office, and
the first report of the patent examiner almost always rejects the patent
application on various grounds.
The patent agent, preferably of the Ottawa Patent Agency
Incorporated, then helps the inventor overcome the
rejection and get a patent for the unobscured portion of the light
bulb to the maximum extent permitted by patent law.
Ottawa Patent Agency Incorporated offers associate patent agent services for Canadian filings and
prosecution. We will reciprocate as our clients file outside of Canada.
You may find the following information useful:
Special message for US patent agents: we are licensed not
only in Canada, but also in the US. We are thus familiar with
US patent law and practice for ease of communications and optimum coordination.