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The invention must be new, inventive, useful and has industrial applicability before the British Patent Office approves it.

The British Patent Office has already awarded thousands of exclusive rights to different inventors. Although the extent of exclusive rights varies from country to country, British Patent Office has approved the application of the inventors to become the sole owner of their inventions in exchange for a public disclosure of their invention. The basic concepts that are being followed by British Patent Office in approving the application of a particular invention are:

  • It must be something that has never been used or seen before
  • It must be creative and ingenious
  • It must be functional and have a practical use
  • It should have an industrial applicability and viable for business

The British Patent Office makes it sure that it exerts due diligence in researching and collecting information about the authenticity of the invention. It should make it a point to look at written, audio and visual publications that the discovery is truly one of a kind and has never been published or copyrighted before. Although the unenviable task of proving the genuineness lies on the petitioner, it must still have to do number of investigation and comparison to similar existing patents through research.

The British Patent Office will also look for the ingenuity of the invention. The committee that takes care of the approval must see that indeed the discovery has the element of resourcefulness and creativity. This criterion is quite subjective and the judgment is usually carried out by a panel..

The third area that the British Patent Office will look at is the practicality of the invention. The creation must be valuable to the existence of human race. It is also important that the practicality of the invention to everyday life will be properly presented.

It will always be important to British Patent Office before they approve a patent that the invention must show feasibility that it has industrial applicability. On their judgment they must say yes to the question of “Can it be used for financial gain?” It is imperative that a business can be made out of the invention.

One of the most controversial inventions in the annals of the British Patent Office was the patenting of the light bulb. Although we are taught that it was invented by American Thomas Alba Edison, but neither was he the inventor nor the first to be approved with a patent. A year before his patent was approved by the American Patent Office, a British inventor named Joseph Swan had it patented with the British Patent Office. What followed after was a classic battle in the courts which the British inventor won.

The importance of a patent is the security that the invention cannot be made, used, sold and/or distributed without the prior approval of the patentee.

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