Patent means to “lay open”
“Patenting may provide a source of income for future research. That is what a patent on a great invention can do,” says Pernille Winding Gojkovic, CEO, partner and European Patent Attorney at HØIBERG in Copenhagen. This should be common knowledge but unfortunately, in Pernille Winding Gojkovic’s experience, researchers inventing new technology or small companies developing new products are not that familiar with the need for patenting.
Apparently, there are several reasons for not applying for patents on new inventions – reasons mainly based on myths like ‘I will not be able to publish my science if it is patented’. However, this is wrong.
Applying for a patent: A two-for-one situation
The word “patent” comes from the Latin word “patere” which means, “to lay open” – in other words to make what is disclosed in the patent available to the public. 18 months from the date of filing all patent applications are published and publicly available in searchable patent databases. Furthermore, once you have filed at least your priority founding patent application, you can publish a scientific article detailing your science. In other words: “Applying for a patent is a genuine two-for-one situation as it may give two publications (with different scope) for the same research,” Pernille Winding Gojkovic explains.
It is only in the time period where an invention is about to be patented, that it is important not to publish anything relating to it before filing of the patent application. Having filed the patent application, the inventor may disclose the big news in a peer-reviewed magazine and maybe in the daily news, too.
File as soon as possible
At HØIBERG, patent attorneys help scientists with important or even groundbreaking inventions to have these inventions patented before other scientists in other laboratories make the same discovery. “It is always essential to file a patent application as soon as possible if you want to win the race and protect your invention,” Pernille Winding Gojkovic says. This will not only enable the inventor to sell the rights to a company, but it will also ensure that the scientists can further develop their invention freely.
HØIBERG is a full service patent company providing services within the fields of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR), including Patents, Designs, Innovation Management, Technology Transfer and Business Development. The company provides expert IPR knowledge in all technological fields ranging from biotech, medtech, nanotech, chemistry and cleantech to software, electronics and mechanics.
Susanne Høiberg, who has vast experience in intellectual property rights, medical practice, and cancer research, founded HØIBERG in 1995. Since then, the company has developed rapidly. In 2006, HØIBERG merged with Elmeros Patents and thereby acquired considerable IPR expertise in the technological areas electronics and mechanics. Today, HØIBERG has about 40 highly qualified employees, who are educated at international universities and working in all technological areas, from biotechnology and medico-technology to electronics, optics and telecommunication to software, manufacturing technology and mechanical technologies. HØIBERG’s clients include a wide range of national and international companies, start-up companies and researchers from the universities and hospitals.