Join Dana Robinson for an in-depth discussion in this video What is patentable?, part of Understanding Patents: A Deeper Dive.
- What is patentable?…Patentable subject matter includes processes, machines,…articles of manufacture, and compositions of matter.…This list might be viewed as saying that…anything can be patented.…However, this is not the case.…While many, many things can be patented,…there are some things that are simply…not patentable subject matter.…If almost everything is patentable subject matter,…what is not patentable?…We don't allow patents on things that already…exist in nature or are just arrangements of…the kinds of things that already exist in the world.…
Here are a few examples.…Data structures or programs.…These are functional descriptive material…that cannot be patented standing alone.…Programs can be patented for what they do in some cases.…Nonfunctional descriptive material, such as music,…literary works and compilations, or mere…arrangements of data.…Electromagnetic signals which are considered…forms of energy, and as such, as are natural phenomena.…Under this exclusion, computer programs are…patentable when embodied in something physical,…
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- Recall the timeframe that applies to application for a utility patent.
- Identify the type of patent that would be best for a product where design is more important than function.
- Define the meaning of patent prosecution.
- Recall the basics of patent infringement.
- Recognize legally accurate scenarios regarding patent rights and benefits.