Apparatus, Assemblies, Devices, Tools & Widgets New and inventive machines, apparatus, assemblies, devices and widgets can be protected. Often the method of use or manufacture can be also protected to broaden the scope of protection.
Methods and Processes Chemical and biological processes can be protected. Business methods may be protectable depending on tangible effect provided by the method. Methods and processes where a new result is produced can be considered for patent protection.
Computer Systems Computer hardware and software, functionality associated to produce a new result can often be protected by a patent.
Kits and Parts Kits containing multiple separate components which can be protected. Component parts can be protected often as a subgroup of an apparatus or assembly. It is important to consider patent protection for parts which are a key components of a more complex apparatus or device. A part can also be subject matter for a design.
Synthesized Chemicals and Biologicals Novel compounds, chemical processes (particularly commercial scale processes), purified biologicals, modified biologicals, new biological processes are protectable.