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.
The applications are reviewed
by the intellectual property law firm and Scholarship Sponsors, Maine, Cernota,
and Rardin and other local law firms. They will use the
Eligibility Criteria as part of their review of all applications. Based on their evaluation, a winner will be
selected based on the patentability of the invention. Finalists will be notified by
Your STEM leader/teacher can help guide you through the application process. Use the form to help you think through your invention – what is it made of, how does it work, etc. Work out your answers in a word processor file and then cut and paste into the application form. That way, you have all the details of your invention already documented for your records.