An invention is a new and useful process, device, article of manufacture, or composition of matter, or a new and useful improvement upon one of these.
An invention is potentially patentable if it satisfies three core criteria:
Public disclosure such as publications, lectures, abstracts, symposiums, posters, etc., made prior to filing a patent application will jeopardize or eliminate the possibility of obtaining patent protection.
Anything that is readily available to the public that describes the basic ideas in enough detail so that someone else would be able to make and use the invention is considered a public disclosure.
Ramot therefore stresses the importance of not disclosing publicly any potentially patentable information before consulting them.
Faculty, students and researchers are strongly advised to send Ramot draft abstracts and manuscripts to review for patentability. This will help avoid complications down the line, not to mention personal and professional disappointment.
Faculty, students and researchers can significantly improve the chances of obtaining a patent for their invention by maintaining a detailed written record of experiments in a manner that will increase the probability that research results may be patented and withstand challenges over the long term.