Patenting Inventions

When an invention disclosure is submitted to AIAP, it will be examined by AIAP experts to determine if it meets the requirements of patent law. Clearly an invention must be: 

 1 New or Novel    The invention must be demonstrably different from publicly available ideas, inventions, or products (so-called "prior art"). This does not mean that every aspect of an invention must be novel. For example, new uses of known processes, machines, compositions of matter and materials are patent-able. Incremental improvements on known processes may also be patent-able. 
 2  Useful   The invention must have some application or utility or be an improvement over existing products and/or techniques.
 3  Non-Obvious  The invention cannot be obvious to a person of "ordinary skill" in the field; non-obviousness usually is demonstrated by showing that practicing the invention yields surprising, unexpected results. AIAP will work with researchers to determine the potential and patent-ability of any disclosed invention. If the decision is made to go ahead with a patent application, AIAP will manage the process. For more information on intellectual property rights at SQU, you may reference SQU Intellectual Property Rights Policy.