Our day-to-day life is dependent on products, applications and services that make our life easier and better. And with the new technologies dominating every sphere our lives, the role of designers has changed manifolds in today’s world. There is no doubt in the fact that designers are directly responsible for defining societies, cultures and their outlook in a progressive world.
While Gen-Z is at the brink of this new transformation, it is important for the young innovators to realize their importance as budding designers and how can they contribute towards the betterment of the societies by developing products and getting them responsibly patent.
For decades, India has been a one-stop-destination for MNCs to harness the potential of bright young designers. As per studies, India has an impressive talent pool of creative designers and researchers who played a significant role in the growth of some of the biggest MNCs in the world. It is needless to say that academic institutions are deeply connected in making the dreams of young inventors possible.
These institutions guide their students through research information using patents, making the patent literature a rich and early source of cutting-edge research.
But when it comes to students filing for the patents of their inventions they need to keep in mind some of the best practices to protect intellectual property for their patents.
Here are 4 things innovative students should keep in mind while filing for a patent:
1. Always file for a patent under the guidance of an attorney
The patent is a right granted by governments worldwide to an individual or corporate (viz. company/ partnership) whereby it allows Creator (Inventor) to exclude all others to make, use, or sell his/her invention for a definite period of time (10 to 20 years).
There is certain prerequisite fees that is required to be paid according to the needs of the proprietor of that same patent.
2. Understand the nitty-gritty of the patent before filing
In the Offices of Intellectual Property, there are three kinds of patents:
- Design Patents
- Utility Patents
- Plant Patents
For design patents, students can register technical drawings, drawings, or models of new and unique products that never have been disclosed in public. Whereas, Utility Patents are the primary type of patents, where the person (inventor) describes the functionalities and or the new manufacturing process for the utilitarian result.
Plant Patents are patents that cover the new reproductive system of plants (that use grafts or cuttings). This patent follows many acts of protection. The students should guide through the dynamics of all these patents before they prepare themselves to file for them.
Since each type of patent has its formalities and requirements, it is vital to guide students through the crux of these patents.
3. Fix duration of patented work
For most of the patents, the period of duration can be obtained by paying a fee that will determine longevity to the governments, usually 20 years, and is quite simple.
As part of the basics, the owner of the patent should give the public the description and PAT number when publishing it online. This will ensure that you are stating and communicating properly that your work, design, drawings, or others are protected by the law.
This can be safeguarded internationally or, nationally, and always depends on the submission of the owner.
4. Don’t go by misconceptions
There are several misconceptions related to filing for a patent. For example, the patent does not give the owner the right to practice, sell, or produce the invention.
It only protects the owner when the practice, production, and sales of the product occurs from others that want to sell produce or practice the same invention. People generally think otherwise while filing for the patent.
The students should also be aware of the fact that the ownership of the patent does not make you rich and famous. The patent is worthless if you still keep it a secret and are not making any commercial value out of it.
Also, a patent will not protect you from infringements claims from others. The National Patent will only protect you inside your country and not worldwide.
– Article by Emanuel Maia, Dean, School of Creative Practice, Pearl Academy
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