The small print of the conditions and rules governing idea competitions quite often includes a participant concession that allows the organizer to publish the documents that were handed in. Unfortunately, this kind of promotion may prove detrimental to the participants’ interests. The same is true should the participants, naturally proud of their ideas, reveal details about their innovations in front of running cameras without a clear notion what disadvantageous consequences this may entail.
Therefore bear in mind that if you intend to protect your innovation by means of a patent your invention must be new the whole world over! It may not have been made public. The same rule applies to designs and trademarks for business ideas. Again, you possess an invaluable head start if you really are the first, so don’t needlessly and ineptly relinquish that advantage!
Problem definition: an apparatus that prevents birds colliding with the rotor blades of wind power stations without disturbing humans in the vicinity.
Problem solution (perhaps worthy of a patent):
A conceivable solution would be the coating of the rotor blades with a light reflecting material. When rotating the rotor blades reflect the sunlight. By this means a light source in motion and thus one that would be shunned by birds could be obtained. Additionally, a special coating would ensure that only ultraviolet light is reflected, which is discernible to birds but not humans, who would thus not feel molested.
By the way, this example is by no means fictitious. Please confer the register number JP 2002039051 of espacenet.com.
Should you already have publicly revealed your invention and provided that public disclosure was not made more than 6 months earlier, a utility model registration remains as a possible means of protection.
Not protectable by means of a patent are methods of conducting business, software as such or mere ideas not of a technical nature.
Do you have any more questions? At any rate, it’s always a sound approach to consult the Patent Office and to safeguard your creation first before submitting it in circumstances and conditions where it becomes a potential free ride for others if it is unprotected! You can contact us here.
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