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!!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Inventioneers Explain Patentability Test #3 - Practical Utility

Okay, if you're a kid, you are wondering, "What is practical utility?"  Before we learned all about patents, we wondered the same thing!

In the simplest terms it means "usefulness". Your invention must have "real-world use".   What's interesting is that the invention must be useful at the time of the patent application.  Even if some other technology comes
along in the meantime that makes your invention obsolete, your patent application is still valid under the usefulness test.

The USPTO says:
"Being new isn't enough nor is being different.  For your invention to be patentable, it also must be useful.  The invention must perform a function, do what you say it does, and benefit society in some way.  A machine that doesn't perform its intended purpose is not useful, and therefore cannot be patented."