The patent system is designed to stimulate invention by providing inventors with a monopoly to develop and commercialise their invention. Applying for a patent can be a fairly lengthy process but there are many benefits associated with filing a patent. In order for a patent to be granted, the invention has to be novel and involve an inventive step.
A domain name is an address made up of letters or a combination of letters and numbers, where internet users can access a business’s website. A domain name registration can also function as a trade mark by distinguishing the source of goods/services from other traders.
When starting a business, the registration of your trade mark, logo and/or business name should be an important consideration. Trade mark registration provides important advantages over unregistered trade marks.
Possibly the most basic feature of a brand is the brand name, which is the unstylised text by which the brand is known. A good brand name can successfully cement a mental connection between the brand and the product.
Disclaimer: I’m an engineer and an entrepreneur, not a patent attorney so nothing I say should be considered as legal advice. If you ask a patent attorney, inventor, or new entrepreneur this question, they will tell you that a patent should be your first priority. They may also incorrectly encourage you to keep your idea a secret until you have the protection of a patent in place. Patent attorneys will of course encourage you to get a patent as soon as possible, because this is how they make their money. It makes no difference to them if your product actually