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Patent Criteria

CMugsCMugs subscriber Posts: 3
edited October 2008 in Protecting Your Ideas
  I have an idea and have done my own patent search but then some said it did not meet the criteria for a patent. Is there a list of criteria to determine if a product is patentable?
If it is not patentable but is not on the market can you still move ahead with no patent protection?


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    patentandtrademarkpatentandtrademark subscriber Posts: 103
    to get patent:
    1.  must be new
    2.  must be useful
    3.  must not be merely a minor variation of something that is known.  For example, making something a little bit bigger or a little bit smaller is generally not patentable, even if the thing is "new" because it was never made in that exact size.
    Zillions of things are made and sold every day without patent protection.
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