There are many ways to protect a chemical invention including patents, trade secrets and licenses. United States patent law allows a person to patent “any new and useful process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter, or any new and useful improvement thereof.” Accordingly, chemical patents are quite common, since “composition of matter” relates to chemical compositions such as mixtures of ingredients and new chemical compounds. Further, a chemical patent may consist of a process.
In order to thoroughly protect your chemical invention, it is crucial to have a Patent Attorney with a degree and experience in chemistry or chemical engineering. This knowledge will ensure the Patent Attorney has the ability to understand not only your invention, but the underlying processes, reactions and compositions. An in-depth understanding will lead to a thorough patent which will provide the greatest degree of patent protection. The Plus IP Firm has attorneys on staff with educational backgrounds in chemistry, and a deep understanding of the science behind chemical related intellectual property matters.
In addition, depending on the invention, protection may be best served through trade secret protection. In contrast to patents, trade secrets do not require registration, however certain conditions must be met to qualify for trade secret protection. A knowledgeable Patent Attorney can guide you toward the best form of protection for your invention.
Finally, patent licensing may give your invention a stronger presence in the market and a greater revenue stream. Depending on the invention and the market, an invention may be better suited for exclusive or non-exclusive licensing. Consulting with a Patent Attorney will assist in deciding the best course of action. Call the attorneys at the Plus IP Firm for assistance with obtaining patent protection for chemical related inventions.