A patent gives the patentee exclusive right to sell, use manufacture and license the invention. It also gives the power to the inventor to exclude all third parties from using, distributing, or selling the invention without the patentee's permission.
Before filing application, it is very important to perform patentability search to find out whether to register the invention or not. Under patentability search, we at AIP&T search all in-force and expired patents plus any previous technology to find out whether or not a particular invention is novel and has inventive step.
Patent drafting (drafting specification and claims) is the most sophisticated area of law because the person drafting the application has to follow the very complex instructions to claim the exact invention, avoid claiming prior art technology, and to avoid conflict between patent claims and patent specification. At AIP&T, we provide legal support to carry out the drafting process.
Infringement search is used to determine whether or not a particular invention is infringing a protected patent. This type of search is more limited compare to patentability search because it only examines the invention in light of protected patent while patentability search examine the invention in light of protected/expired patent, and all the prior unprotected technology.
Registration process is the third step for protecting invention after patentability search and drafting patent application. It is very important to know that a patentable invention is not protected by law in most of the countries covered by our service and not enforceable against third parties until the local Patent Office grants the inventor the patent certificate.
For protecting your patent in the above mentioned countries, you must be aware that there are (3) three international treaties governing patent registration, namely; Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT), Paris Convention, and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).
Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) : Filing under the PCT system provides (3) three years period to the applicant to claim priority from the original patent application in any of the member states of the PCT.
Paris Convention : According to Article 4 (c) of the Paris Convention, filing a patent application under the Paris Convention provides (12) twelve months period to the applicant to claim priority from the original patent application in any of the member states of the Paris Convention.
Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) : The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) has its central patent registration system which is enforced in all the (6) six GCC countries; namely: Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Oman, and Bahrain. Thus, GCC patent law gives patentees acheter cialisthe right to protect their patents in all the above mentioned countries through a single registration.
Patent Law Treaty (PLT) : The Patent Law Treaty (PLT) provides for unifrom requirements for filing and maintaining national or regional patent applications, for example, communications and representations regarding patents or patent applications.