Any person who has invented or discovered a new and useful process, machine, article of manufacture, or composition of matter may obtain a patent for it. This also includes any new or useful improvement on a past invention. Laws of nature and theories are not patentable. You do not need to have actually constructed or used your invention to get a patent on it. Having a good idea of how your invention is made and used is sufficient.

In general, the basic principles of patentability are based on two questions:

  1. Is the invention useful? 
  2. Is the invention new?

You may obtain a Patentability Opinion from a Patent Attorney who will determine if your invention qualifies for a patent based on the nature of its subject matter and its comparison to a Prior Art search.


If you are interested in more detail related to your situation it is best to speak with an attorney. Discuss Your Patent Needs with a Professional.