About the Inventioneers Patent Scholarship

For those of you new to our program, we are the Inventioneers, a non-profit public charity. We began as a FIRST® LEGO® League
(FLL®) team back in 2004 and had amazing success in that program (we still need to pinch ourselves every once in a while).
We were the four time NH State FLL® Champions and in April of 2010, we earned the Champions Award at the FLL® World Festival
in Atlanta, GA.

We have a utility patent pending at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

Important Announcement:

Program Re-Launch Coming Fall 2016!!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Is Your Invention Novel?

As we mentioned before, it is important to research your idea to see if another inventor has had the same idea.  To be patentable, your idea must pass the first patent test:  it must be novel.

As you learn more about patents, you'll see the words "prior art" linked to patentability.  Prior art is any information made available publicly before you came up with the idea for your invention.  That's why researching your solution is a key step before you pursue a patent.  If you find parts of your idea already mentioned on the web, in magazines, papers, etc., that is prior art and those parts of your invention will not pass patentability test #1.

Next tip:
What is a priority date?