Can your idea be patented?
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An invention uses technology to solve a specific problem. The technical features of an invention have a function through which the problem – the purpose of the invention – is solved. The technical character necessary for patenting requires that the laws of nature are used to achieve the objective. An invention is also known as "a technical teaching".
The invention can be a product or a process.
Processes describe activities for specific purposes such as:
Your invention can be protected by patent if it meets the following requirements:
A perpetual motion machine – a machine that constantly performs work without an energy source – is, for example, not patentable because it is not feasible and therefore can't be used commercially.
There is no examination for novelty and inventive step, which are required for a patent, in the Swiss granting procedure. When applying for a patent, you can have a search carried out in order to check these requirements yourself.
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