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The power of human creativity and IP rights

An endless source of creation

How many things has the human mind generated in History? If we try to think of all objects, ideas and works with which we have come up, our head will instantaeally find itself lost in a bajillion of possibilities. From the Pyramids to the fork, from spaceships to that plug that prevents water from running out of your bath tub, we people over time have created a myriad of objects. Some of them serve great purpose and even can save our lives, such as vaccines or a defibrilator, and others are there just for the awe and emotion of the people, like works of art. There are even objects that don't seem to serve any purpose (or at least they haven't, in the beginning) and people made just for the fun of making something.

Humanity is always hungry for creating new things, especially things that they can use to solve problems or increase their life quality. These goals have powered the effort of millions and millions of men and women and their result is the cummulus of inventions and creations that we call culture and technology. The fuel of science is the will to know, and the fuel to inventions is the will to create from what we know. 

Some people say that we don't die when we stop breathing but when we stop creating. This phrase could be a little extreme, but at least it reflects something that is deep in the human nature. The drive to transform the world around us with things that we build is the seed of progress. And progress is the seed of cultural evolution.

Protecting human creativity

The urge to create has always resisted the political and ideological commandments to mantain the status quo. Nowadays, inventions are seen as something possitive that deserves protection and incentive, but in other ages, changes in the techniques and tools were a threat for the established order and therefore pursued. Luckily, now we can be happy to know that true progress is where it should be: in the spotlight.

The whole idea of intellectual property comes from the conception that creations -and their creators- deserve a push forwards and protection along the way. The spirit of intellectual property is to ensure that the rights and the merit will go to the right person. which is, the one who came up with the new idea and made it into something, an object that Humanity can use for its sake. 

Of course, human creativity is endless, and people who work in a patent office has seen many different sketches and plans for objects that range from genious to genuinely hilarious. Ever sci-fi idea, from teleporting to levitating, from being invisible to turning a small package of powder into a full four-people meal, have been at some point presented for patenting. These workers have a lot of fun looking at these weird inventions, and some of them actually made it to listings and posts in comedy websites for the amusement of the common people. 

However, many of the inventions that today make our lives better have also been patented at some point, and people who work in patenting agencies are aware that, any day, they could see walking in their offices, a person who brings an invention that will revolutionize history. 

Patent agencies

A patent agency is an office that is entitled to register and certify creators. The process of patenting is quite long, in fact, and requires a lot of previous research. The purpose of this preparation is to investigate whether or not the design in question has been already registered by somebody else. Only one person can hold a patent for a certain design. If somebody else has registered an invention that is esentially the same as yours, you won't be able to hold a patent for it, even if you actually came out with the idea independently. This is the purpose of research.

Patent lawyers are specialized in asisting and counseling people with intellectual property and patents. If you have created a productive process, functional item or any other kind of invention, you should get it protected under the laws of intellectual property. A law advisor will be able to guide you throughout the patenting process and will let you know of the steps that you must take, incluiding prior research, legal processes and plagiarism prosecution. 

 

If you have created an invention you should think about facing a patenting process. Especially if it is the first time for you, consider hiring professional guidance.

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