Inventions are one of the many aspects of science that are in constant development. Inventions can be divided into two broad categories, physical and chemical. Physical inventions are those that are produced by physical means. Chemical inventions on the other hand are those that are produced by chemicals. Each of these types has a wide variety of possible applications.
Every invention is generally a new idea coming from an inventor’s mind. The simplest form of physical invention is creating something out of nothing. All natural inventions begin with an existing material. For instance, wood grows when you place something wet on it naturally.
Some more complicated inventions like the light bulb and the electric stove were created by scientists through the process of scientific discovery. Scientific discovery works by presenting a new theory or idea, backed up by solid evidence, in support of that theory. Once this is done, it becomes possible for an inventor to legally patent his or her idea so that others may be able to use and benefit from it.
There are two distinct phases involved in the patenting process. The first step involves filing a patent application that describes the invention in a simple, legal terminology. This allows others to legally pursue the idea according to their own laws and specifications. The second step is the waiting process, during which the inventor and the assignee continue to discuss and revise the invention.
Once an invention is patented, there are certain conditions that must be met for it to be accepted as patentable. These conditions usually center around providing proof that the invention meets a recognized standard, such as a claimed description or a published experiment. In the past, inventors were somewhat forced to meet these conditions because many courts did not allow patenting ideas if they were unproven. However, the Supreme Court has recently ruled that this requirement can be relaxed, allowing some inventions to go into patentable category even if they are not supported by scientific experimentation.
New ideas should always be subject to careful examination to see whether they are indeed patentable. When in doubt, it is best to consult with patent attorneys experienced in the area. They will be able to better advise on whether new ideas deserve a patent, and when they do, which ones do. In the end, it is up to the inventor to decide whether his or her invention deserves a patent.