The golden rule is to never publicly disclose your invention before making a patent application, as it could be impossible to get a patent if it’s no longer deemed ‘new’.
Patents can only be granted on a country-by-country basis, and there is no such thing as a ‘worldwide patent’. However the golden rule stays the same anywhere in the world.
How to Apply: In order to get a patent you have to file a patent application at the Patents Office of every country where you are seeking protection.
This application must be accompanied by a technical specification document, with drawings where appropriate. This should describe the invention in detail, and the scope of the protection sought.
With these highly technical tasks in mind it is advisable to consult a patent agent before making an application. At MacLachlan & Donaldson we can prepare a strategy that maximises your chances of receiving a patent, and ensures the best protection for your invention.
When a patent application is filed in Ireland or the UK, or any country which is party to the Paris Convention, applicants benefit from the ‘priority date’ rule if seeking a patent in multiple countries.
The ‘priority date’ benefit means that the date when the patent application was first filed is treated as the date of filing in any other country in the Convention, so long as the applications in other countries are filed within 12 months.