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01 Profiting from your inventions 101 (How to file a patent)
the patent process
02 What is an invention?
novelty, patentable subject matter
03 How do patents protect your rights to an invention?
rights, enforcement
04 Why use an Inventor's Logbook
why it is important to keep one
05 How to keep an Inventor's Logbook
guidelines and tips
06 Copyrights, trademarks and patents.
is one better than the other
07 What does a patent look like?
embodiments, claims etc.
08 Which countries should I file my patent in?
usually in more than one country
09 How much time and money to file in?
legal fees, time taken
10 How do I collect royalties off my patents?
11 Search for prior art
resources and databases
12 Your responsibilities
and your attorney's responsibilities
A Case study: a patent (part 1)
a patent dissected
B Case study: a patent (part 2)
a patent dissected
C 10 Simple Inventions
used all over the world!
D Tips for Inventors
pitfalls and hints
E How to Invent
(Anyone can be an inventor!)

how to start inventing
F The patent process
the formal patent process
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Which countries should I file my patent application in?

There is no global patent office. Patents are managed, protected and enforced on a country by country basis. So ideally, you would file patents for your invention in every country where you think people might want to use your invention. This allows you to enforce your patent rights in these countries. Naturally, this is an expensive proposition, and many inventors decide to file their patents only in the largest markets for their inventions.

In some cases, you may decide to file your patent application in a country which is friendly to your type of invention. For example, business method patents are generally more difficult to file in Japan as compared to the United States, because the Japanese Patent Office (external site) requires that business methods demonstrate some technicity, whereas the US Patent Office (external site) does not impose this requirement stringently.

You should also be aware that if your first filing for an invention is to a foreign patent office, then your country may have laws requiring you to get clearance to make such a filing. For example, inventors resident in Singapore need to obtain clearance (external site) from the Singapore Patent Office (external site) before filing a patent application to a foreign patent office.

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