PATENTS
WHAT IS IT?

A patent is an intellectual property right to protect inventions, granted by a country’s government as a territorial right for a limited period. Patent rights make it illegal for anyone except the owner or someone with the owner’s permission to make, use, import or sell the invention in the country where the patent was granted. A Brazilian patent has a life of 20 years and provides protection throughout Brazil so long as renewal fees are paid every year.

For a patent to be granted the invention must be:

  • Novel
  • Inventive step
  • Have industrial applicability

Is your idea a secret?

By far the most common mistake made by people new to the world of patents is to reveal their invention too early. If you disclose your invention in any way – by word of mouth, demonstration, advertisement, article in a journal or any other way – before you apply for a patent, you are making your invention public. This could mean that you lose the possibility of being granted a patent. For a patent to be granted the invention must be novel, once a public disclosure is made the invention can no longer be novel.

Beware who you talk to….

If you feel the need to talk to someone before considering protection, such as a potential business partner, you should ask them to sign a confidentiality agreement (Non-Disclosure Agreement – NDA) before you talk to them.

Who can own a patent?

The owner can be the inventor, the inventor’s employer or someone else who has got the patent rights. If you made your invention, even if it was in your own time, while employed by someone else you need to check your employment circumstances carefully as your employer may have some rights to your invention.

Why protect your patent?

By patenting your invention you guarantee exclusive use and as well as generating revenue for your company, either by selling it to third parties or licensing the technology so it can be exploited by other companies.

What we do?

We operate at all stages of the protection process of patents, from the conception of an invention within a firm up to the protection of the patent in Brazil and the rest of the world if that is the case. We also ensure, that at the stage before the development of the project, verification is undertaken nationally and internationally to determine the existence of other similar inventions which could create future problems, not just preventing registration of the patent, but also so as to avoid judicial issues.