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Inventors often have dreams about new inventions that reflect their creativity and desire to solve a problem or help humanity. Some of these dreams simply fade away with time and are never applied in the real world, while others are made into an invention that is tangible and real. However, when applying for a patent, it’s very important to understand the difference between these two things. Ideas that become tangible and real are ones that may lead to real profits for the inventor and that may provide a solution to real-world problems, but ideas that are not tangible either remain inside the inventor’s head or become the subject of a great science fiction story.

What is Required For an Idea to Be Patented?

In order for an idea to qualify for a patent, the idea must be specific enough to have a real application of some kind. A patent cannot be a natural discovery, such as a new species of frog that has never been seen or recorded before. A patent cannot be excessively abstract. For example, if you have derived a mathematical equation that describes some form of physical behavior out in space, this can’t be patented unless it has some practical application or solves some kind of problem. An idea that is to become an invention can also only be patented if its scope is well defined. In other words, suppose you invent a new formula that protects dogs from fleas. You believe it may also cure some human tick-borne diseases, but you cannot patent your formula for this unless you’ve got proof it can do just that.

Call to Schedule an Appointment With a California Patent Lawyer Today

If you have an invention idea that you believe may qualify for a patent but are unsure, call to schedule a consultation with a California patent lawyer today. The experienced legal professionals at the Law Offices of Dorian Cartwright will evaluate your idea with you and discuss its merits for possible patenting. We serve the cities of San Jose, Palo Alto, Mountain View, Santa Clara, San Francisco, and surrounding communities. Check out our web page at or give us a call at 1-800-810-8030 and let us help you find clarity on your invention idea.

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