Protect Your Invention
If you have an idea for something that can make life easier or more interesting, you will probably want to realize that. Beside it can be useful, it will bring profit to you. But, you will have to protect your invention, so only you will have rights to use and sell. This is a legal procedure, and it depends on a country. The first thing you will have to do, is to make patent application. This means that you are asking for legal protection of your intellectual property. The application for your patent must have a detailed description of your patent, instruction and information about its purpose. It must be original, because if you ‘’copied’’ someone’s idea, you can be punish. According to the World Trade Organization's (WTO) Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights, the WTO must be used for protection of any invention in any field of technology, and protection should be at least 20 years (this depends on a country).
In many countries, ordinary person and the corporation may apply for a patent. However, in the US only inventor can apply, but, it may be assigned to the company later. In Europe, ownership can pass from an inventor to the employer. This law is used when, inventor was using company asset and it made invention during working hours.
If your application for the invention is approved, it means that nobody can use it, without your approval. But there are some legal problems. It is known that many people are applying for the same invention, sometimes it is hard to determine who real inventor is. But, you must do this, because if you don’t, someone else can get a patent for your invention and you cannot use its benefits!