A patent protects your invention and lets you take legal action against anyone who makes, uses, sells or imports your invention without your permission. When patent protection is granted the invention becomes the property of the inventor, which like any other form of property or business asset can be bought, sold, rented or hired. Patents are territorial rights: UK patents will only give the holder rights in the UK and rights to stop others from importing the patented products into the UK.
Patents are not just abstract concepts; they play an invaluable, practical role in everyday life. By rewarding ideas, patents encourage the development of innovations and new technologies in every field.
If you have a potential invention and want to consider whether to patent, contact Cambridge Enterprise to explore if they can help you take it forward.
Researchers who ignore the patent literature risk missing important documents and could therefore waste time and money by duplicating previous research.