Whether you work for a multinational company, a start-up or a university, or you are an independent inventor, a knowledge of the patent system is essential in order to understand how best to protect your inventions.

If you are new to the patent system it might be hard to understand what a patent actually is, how you might get one and the rights that a patent confers.

We have written a handy brochure to provide advice on the key criteria an invention must satisfy for a patent to be granted and the roles that Patent Attorneys and Patent Offices play in this process. Click on the link below for further information and examples of some simple mechanical and chemical inventions. The principles of the patent system described here apply to all forms of invention, whether it is a chemical, mechanical, electrical, biotech or software invention, or indeed an invention in any technical field.

 Click here to view the Dehns Guide to the Patent System.