We know that our discipline is complicated and that's why we hear a lot of questions on a regular base. We have collected those questions below. We hope to help you with this FAQ but if not, please don't hesitate to contact us. We will be glad to help you!
What is a patent?
A patent grants exclusive rights to a patent holder: without permission no other party is allowed to use the patented invention in a commercial manner.
What is the value of a patent?
Patents are worth money. How much strongly depends on the extent to which the market is (or will be) interested in the invention. However, this is not always easy to judge in advance. Factors that play a role in this are: how 'hot' is the market and how innovative is the invention?
How to use a patent
A patent can be used by a patent owner in various ways:
• Monopoly: the invention is exclusively applied in own products
• License: the invention is licensed ('leased') to a third party
• Combination: the invention is applied in own products and also licensed to a third party.
• Sale: patent rights can be sold
• Marketing: a patent (or patent application) expresses an innovation product image
• Strategic: create a powerful defense or offense against competitor patents
What does a patent cost?
The cost of a patent varies strongly between different scenarios. It is hard to give a simple answer to that
as it depends on the specific patent strategy for your invention. Costs start with drafting and filing the patent application, typically amounting to a few thousand euro. Additional costs at a later stage depend on the scenario for your patent. For example, in which countries will the patent be filed (NL, EU countries, US, etc).
What can DeltaPatents do for you?
Creating and handling patents is a specialized matter. Our advisors (patent attorneys) are academically trained engineers with an additional legal education and years of experience in drafting and prosecuting patents. We can give an expert opinion on your invention and patent it, if possible. In addition, we can manage your patent during the following years of its lifetime.
Visit us …
During a first visit, free of charge, we glady give you a first assessment about the possibilities of patenting your invention. Charges only apply if you want us to follow up on patenting your invention. We promise you an honest advise, even when that means that a patent is not in your interest.