Why obtain a patent
Please note that this interview is for use as a reference for the general requirements for obtaining a patent in Australia and does not form advice.
A patent is an exclusive monopoly right granted to a patent owner by the State for a limited time. This right allows the patent owner to exclude others from making, using, offering for sale or selling the invention in the country covered by the patent, for the term of the patent. As such, patents are valuable. In exchange for this exclusive right, the patent owner / inventor must put full details of the invention on the public record for the benefit of society.
There are tensions between granting a monopoly and the benefits for society and there are important policy reasons why certain subject matter should not enjoy patent protection.
This interview provides comments on the issues associated with identifying whether your idea is a patentable invention and the various requirements for a patent application.
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