From a practical point of view, an invention is a technical solution to a problem that has been identified in any given technical field.
From a legal point of view, an invention is a technical innovation that is not self-evident or obvious to members of the related technical field who have a standard level of experience and technical know-how. Inventions can occur throughout a wide variety of fields: agriculture, biology, chemistry, mechanics, and many types of industrial or commercial activities, in the form of products, devices, or processes. However, one cannot simply express a basic idea or "concept" as an actual, credible invention; only detailed and well-described items that achieve a clearly identifiable result can be protected.

The application

This is the prerequisite for protection.

An application is the first act of protection, and must also contain the invention’s protection strategy.

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A patent provides both legal and economic protection throughout the life of the innovation.


A patent provides numerous benefits: it is a competitive advantage, a source of revenue, and represents future capital.