An invention is a unique or novel device, method, composition, idea or process. An invention may be an improvement upon a machine, product, or process for increasing efficiency or lowering cost. It may also be an entirely new concept. If an idea is unique enough either as a stand alone invention or as a significant improvement over the work of others, it can be patented. A patent, if granted, gives the inventor a proprietary interest in the patent over a specific period of time, which can be licensed for financial gain.
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Organizations relating to Invention
Budapest Union for the International Recognition of the Deposit of Microorganisms for the Purposes of Patent Procedure / Geneva, Switzerland / Est. 1977
International Patent Cooperation Union / Geneva, Switzerland / Est. 1978
Institute for Social Inventions / London, UK / Est. 1985
Association of European Inventors / Est. 1990
Organization of Nordic Inventors' Associations / Stockholm, Sweden / Est. 1967
African Federation of Inventors' Associations / Est. 1988
Inventors Workshop International Education Foundation / Santa Barbara CA, USA / Est. 1971
Convention on Patents of Invention, Drawings and Industrial Models, Trademarks, and Literary and Artistic Property / Washington DC, USA / Est. 1906
Treaty on Patents of Invention / Est. 1889
Convention on Inventions, Patents, Designs and Industrial Models / Washington DC, USA / Est. 1910
Treaty on Patents of Invention, Industrial Drawings and Models and Trademarks / Est. 1902
Agreement on Patents and Privileges of Invention / Est. 1911
Agreement as to Disposition of Rights in Atomic Energy Inventions / Est. 1956
Convention for the Protection of Patents of Invention, Designs and Industrial Models / Est. 1910
Agreement for the Mutual Safeguarding of Secrecy of Inventions Relating to Defence and for Which Applications for Patents Have Been Made / Est. 1960
International Inventor's Association
Pan Hellenic Society Inventors of Greece in USA / Merrick NY, USA / Est. 1969
Nordiska Opfinder-stöttende Institusjoners Samarbeidsorgan / Oslo, Norway
Comité français des concours d'inventions et innovations adaptées aux régions en développement / Est. 1976
International Confederation of Unions of Inventors and Rationalizers
European Federation of Inventors' Associations / Est. 1990
International Federation of Inventors' Associations / Geneva, Switzerland / Est. 1968
Convention on the Unification of Certain Points of Substantive Law on Patents for Invention / Strasbourg, France / Est. 1963
Eurasian Patent Office / Moscow, Russia / Est. 1995
World Intellectual Property Organization / Geneva, Switzerland / Est. 1967
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