Part 3 of 6
You already know that to patent something, it needs to be different.
But how different does it have to be to qualify for a patent? In this third video, Rich discusses the basic criteria for patentability.
Under the patent law, there are two different requirements that define distinctiveness. First, your invention must be novel. In other words, there is nothing exactly like it in the prior art. Second, your invention must be non-obvious. The second one is a little more challenging. It means that the difference between your invention and what other people have done before—the thing that makes your invention unique—can’t be something that would be obvious to someone in the field. It has to be something that’s a little bit more unexpected.