Can I patent an idea even if I wrote about it online? 3 Answers as of October 21, 2010Before I thought of patenting my idea, I wrote about it on the Web in a public forum. Now that I am thinking of getting a patent, I am afraid that it could have already become public property. Will I still have rights to my idea?
Devon & Associates | Marcia A. Devon
It depends on when you first disclosed your invention to the public. You must file your U.S. patent application within one year of the date that you first offered your invention for sale, publicly used it or published it. Please contact me if you would like to discuss the issue further.
Answer Applies to: California