Patents provide exclusive rights to inventors to protect their invention from being used by others for a specific period of time. Today constant up gradation of existing technology and invention of new technology has become very common.
Earlier the inventors were always in tenterhooks and were always in fear that their discovery for which they toiled hard will be used for others for making profits. This disheartened them. In order to protect the interests of these individuals patents were introduced.
Today each nation has their own patent office which is responsible for granting patents to the discoverer. The inventor is provided with an application form at the patent office; in the application form he has to furnish all the relevant details about his invention-the purpose and the usefulness of the discovery should be outlined exhaustively; the inventor may even be required to use illustrative diagrams to put forth his point.
Anyone who wants to patent their product or technology has to get in touch with a patent attorney. These patent attorneys are authorized by the government and have got rights to help the applicant in patenting his product. Those desirous of obtaining patent are required to make their invention public. While doing so the applicant constantly takes advice of the patent attorney.
In case of any disputes these patent attorneys represent their client at the patent office. In case of legal disputes which have crossed the national boundaries they can still represent their client if the governing body authorizes them to do so.
Different countries may lay down different requirements for an individual to become eligible for becoming a patent attorney. The patent office has the list of discoveries which have been patented so far; it helps the discoverer to know whether the concept on which he has put his mind, body and soul is a new idea or is a stale idea.
Patents are of different types like chemical patent, biological patent, software patent business method patent, petty patent or innovation patent, design patent and plant patent.
Patents have also been the cause of major disputes. If the dispute is confined to a national boundary then the respective country’s patent office can intervene and take steps to protect the rights of the inventor. But when the disputer crosses the national boundaries then matter becomes too difficult to handle.
Today every other day we find markets being flooded with new products. New technology, new inventions and new gadgets are constantly being developed.
Patent has helped several individuals, company’s and even countries that otherwise would have been at disadvantage. Since for a particular specified period the rights are completely exclusives so these inventors can use it for business purpose and can make fortunes.
Understanding the complexities if international disputes, countries are making concerted efforts bring all patent laws under a single jurisdiction such as bringing it under the ambit of World Trade Organization.
Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property, European Patent Convention, European Patent Organization, and Patent Cooperation are some of the other international forums which are actively trying to ward off international disputes with regard to patents.
In case of any problems it is always better to seek the suggestions of a patent attorney as this professional can guide in the best manner.