A question I get often: “Do I need to patent my new idea?”
Here is my personal thoughts on patents.
Can you get a patent?
First up if you can’t get a one it does not help worrying about it. Is your idea unique? Is it something that you can actually get a patent on? Has it ever been done before? A good idea is to do a search online. Google has a good patent search engine that will give you a good first idea. The South African Patent Office also has an online search engine. You can also look at registering a design and not a patent. If your invention is unique keep reading. (more…)