Can I Protect an Invention?

August 16, 2017

Just about everyone has a great idea for something great at one time or another, and many people come up with great inventions that make the lives of others easier and quite possibly bring a high level of profit, as well. All sorts of people invents things, whether it is a new way of manufacturing something, a new way to perform an everyday task or something else. Of course, whenever someone comes up with a new idea or invention that has the potential to be very profitable or valuable, there will always be the potential for others to see the value and want to have it for themselves. That is why we came up with the system.

Any inventors who would like to protect themselves from those who would appropriate that work for themselves should look into registering their invention with right away. You don’t have to wait until you have filed a patent application to protect yourself. A patent offers the greatest protection, but not all inventions qualify and the process is long. In the meantime, copyright law offers excellent protection.

As long as your invention can be described in detail and it is unique and special enough, you can protect that idea with a copyright. A copyright deposit with will place your invention in the hands of public notaries who will certify that your invention is yours alone and they will set a specific date certain for your invention’s creation. Based on copyright law, you are protected as soon as you write down the details of your invention, but as a practical matter, if someone challenges your ownership or rise to claim they came up with it first, it will be necessary for you to prove your ownership, as well as to prove priority.

When you make a deposit of your invention in the archive, it will always be contained in a secure environment, and you will always have access to the proof you need anytime there is a challenge. There are many benefits to depositing your publication into the archive, including the knowledge that you have the most secure backup possible of your invention, which means you will always be able to access a pristine copy in case computer failure, fire or any other reason.

Copyright protection is valid for life, plus 70 years and will make your proof available for the life of your copyright. It will be available immediately for at least 30 years, and it will be archived by agents who have a legal obligation to provide a retention protocol for all deposited documents in a way that makes your copyright ownership incontestable. Put simply, that means no one can make revisions, including you, so your invention deposit will look the same 30 years from now as it looked when you made the deposit. Not only that, but the proof provided by the copyright registration will be valid in all 174 countries that have signed on to the Berne Convention.