How Can I Protect My Invention?


How Can I Protect My Invention?


Published February 21, 2023


We all get ideas for inventions from time to time, whether they are for a brand new product that no one has ever created before or it's a new take on an old idea. Even before you take your invention to the prototype stage, you probably should take steps to protect it from someone who thinks it's a good enough idea to steal. Even if you're not to the point that you can apply for a patent, if you think it's a valuable invention, someone else may think it's worth copying or stealing outright. So, how do you protect your invention, even during its initial stages? The best way to do that is through copyright law.

If you have an invention, you need copyright protection like the type provided through Legally speaking, if your invention is creative and unique enough, you will have a copyright on it when you write down the details. However, if you are challenged on your ownership of the invention or someone else has copied all or part of it, it isn't enough to simply say you came up with it first. It will be necessary to prove your ownership and the effective date of your idea. The easiest way to do that is to register and deposit your idea.

How We Protect Your Invention and Protect Your Rights

When you make a copyright deposit of your invention, it's very important to make it as detailed as possible. One or two sentences about it will be difficult to protect. But if the description of your invention is extremely detailed and you deposit it with us, the protection is instantaneous. The registration and deposit establishes your ownership, as well as a date certain of its creation. Your deposit establishes priority of copyright and is incontestable proof of copyright. The deposit of your invention becomes your official witness of your rights.

When you file for copyright protection for your invention with, your protection is valid for life. Your work is handled carefully by officials who are obligated by law to retain all documents deposited with the utmost care, in an integrated system that makes all deposits unalterable, thus certifying their authenticity. In all cases, your idea is immediately retrievable at any time by you, so that you can always demonstrate proof of your rights to that design.

In the United Kingdom, as long as your invention is highly unique and creative and you provide enough details to establish it as such, it will qualify for copyright protection. You will always be able to protect your invention, by being able to demonstrate ownership of your invention and that it predates the copy or other infringement. provides you with a secure location for your invention, which will stop any infringing party in their tracks. The protection for your invention is also very comprehensive. When you make a copyright deposit in the UK, the protection is valid in all 171 countries that have signed on to the Berne Convention. That means your idea is protected internationally.

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