Is that any value of possessing a patent when so much can be copied on products?

Is that any value of possessing a patent when so much can be copied on products?

Patents are sometimes like wine. You can get a really cheap wine that makes you drunk and leaves you with a hangover the next day. You can also get excellent wines that last a long time and have a fantastic flavour and do not leave you with a hangover the next day. The difference between the two is quality, but it also relies on the quality of the grapes used to make the wine.

If the grapes are poor, then the wine will be poor no matter what is done to it. Good grapes do not automatically guarantee a good wine either. Without proper care by an experienced professional wine master, good grapes also make bad wines.

The same is true of patents. Some inventions, like some grapes, are poor quality and are difficult to get a useful patent on. Other inventions are like good grapes that have the potential for protection but unless treated correctly with care by a well-experienced patent attorney will end up in a bad patent.

It is the combination of a good invention coupled with a good patent that is likely to end up with a good business outcome that makes having a patent worthwhile.

Mark Warburton About the author

The Intellectual Property Guru. His determination to protect innovation stems from a family legacy in which his grandfather, a genius inventor, had his innovations stolen and patented by someone he trusted, which led to his grandfather dying a pauper on a park bench. Mark is an international award winning lawyer and patent attorney and 3-time published author. His prowess in the court room sees him winning cases that others thought were unwinnable. Mark’s passion for protecting intellectual property shines through in his pro-bono legal mentoring, proactive legal workshops and 1-2-1 work with clients.