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The most common reason a patent concept is considered hard-to-get is that it is too similar to a previous invention. When a new concept is similar to a previous invention, patenting can be very difficult, because patents must be new and non-obvious in relation to prior art.

The strategy for obtaining hard-to-get patents is to maximise distance from prior art.

Technology Outcomes’ Process Of Obtaining Hard-To-Get Patents Involves:


Patent Search

Conducting a patent search to obtain detailed information about related prior art (e.g. from world patent databases)


Understand Technology

Obtaining detailed information about in-house laboratory and workshop results held by the client


Create Patent Narrative

Analysing the detailed information to devise a patent narrative with maximum distance from prior art


Confirm Patent Narrative

Conducting experiments that confirm distance from prior art

Example Of Technology Outcomes Obtaining A Hard-To-Get Patent For A Client:

A client designed a drone with an attached hopper and camera to enable the distribution of herbicidal granules to targeted weed infestations (part of a precision farming initiative). This concept was described by several prior art patents, and the challenge was to find a fresh patent narrative to form the basis of a new patent application.

A key problem was granule bridging in the hopper, leading to sporadic (rather than uniform) granule application rates.

A close inspection of client workshop data showed that one hopper configuration included an eccentric shaker device that was somewhat better than other configurations. Experiments were proposed to quantify granule flow rate from the shaking hopper across a range of shaker designs, and an improved shaker mechanism was found that had not previously been used.


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