Originally posted by Lennart Konst:
Is it only possible to patent a sort of apparatus or a machinery or could you also patent just an impromptu trick or a gimmick you can make at home. Where lies the border.
So what sort of stuff could all be patented and what does it cost and how does dat work and everything..
If you want to know ALL about patents, you need to sign up for a course at law school.
Here is a rough idea of how this works, though. If it's a graphic design, a photograph, a grouping of words (book, magazine, story, song lyrics), a grouping of sounds (music), or a notatable set of movements (a dance), it can be copyrighted.
If it is a mechanical device, a system or a physical object of a non-artistic nature, it can be patented. Drugs can be patented as can seeds that have been genetically manipulated.
If it is a grouping of designs or words that represent a business or object, this can be trademarked.
The cost varies with the country and/or what kind of protection you are trying to obtain.
In some countries, a patent needs to have some kind of new scientific discovery behind it. That's not the case in the US. It doesn't really matter where you can make it. If it's original, you can (hypothetically) get it patented.
Patents are not cheap, they have certain restrictions. You must be able to provide a working model, and it must be practical.
You cannot copyright or patent an idea or a concept. You can only copyright or patent manifestations of ideas or concepts.