What is a Patent

A patent is an exclusive right granted to the inventor of an invention for a maximum term of 20 years from the date on which the application for the patent was filed.
By owning the Patented invention, it would grant the owner with the right to exclude others from making, using, offering for sale, selling or importing the invention.

What could be Patented

For a Patent to be granted an invention, it shall be:

  • new, which means that the invention has not been publicly disclosed in any form, anywhere in the world;
  • involve an inventive step, that is to say the invention must not be obvious to someone with knowledge and experience in the technological field of the invention; and
  • industrially applicable, meaning it can be mass produced.
  • What could not be Patented

    The followings could not be Patented:

  • Discoveries, scientific theories and mathematical methods;
  • Plant or animal varieties or essentially biological processes for the production of plants or animals, other than man-made living micro- organisms, micro-biological processes and the products of such micro-organism processes;
  • Schemes, rules or methods for doing business, performing purely mental acts or playing games;
  • Methods for the treatment of human or animal body by surgery or therapy, and diagnostic methods practiced on the human or animal body.