No Patent Protection for Business Strategies
There typically is no patent protection potential for business-strategy
ideas such as X company buying a Y company, or Z company running a W ad
Patents protect useful inventions (including business
methods) that are new and non-obvious in comparison to what is already
A company buying another company is a known process because
it has been done before, and the selection of a specific company buying a
specific type of company is typically considered a matter of choice which
adds no patentable weight to a known process.
A company running an ad campaign is a known process because
it has been done before, and the selection of a specific company running a
certain type of ad campaign is typically considered a matter of choice
which adds no patentable weight to a known process.
A specific ad campaign itself, however, might itself be
patentable if it is both new and non-obvious given the known ad campaigns
Ė and the non-obvious standard will be a challenge to meet here.
Or donít try to run someone elseís company? Maybe, maybe not:
Business brokers routinely push ideas (reasons) for buying
and selling businesses to businesses.
Business consultants routinely create business-strategy
ideas, including buying and selling businesses.
Advertising companies routinely create proposals for types
of ad campaigns.
Each earns their fees at least partly in selling their
What if you are none of these but think you have a block-buster idea?
Difficult, at best.
Many, if not most, companies refuse to accept outsider
ideas except under non-confidentiality agreements - no money without
Company without such protective policies are risking
other topics -
patents vs trade
entry-level patent applications,
patent it or not,
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