1. Having a patent gives you the right to do something
- Actually, the patent only gives you the right to EXCLUDE others from doing (i.e., making, using or selling) something.
2. A choice must be made between patenting and publishing
- Actually, you can “have it all”.
3. Filing a patent application means an invention is “patented”
- Actually, you have just begun a long negotiation with the patent office.
4. Describing something in a patent application automatically means that it is protected by the granted patent
- Actually, ONLY the final claim scope defines the scope of protection.
5. Having a patent in one country means the invention is also protected in other countries
- Actually, each country requires its own patent. There is no such thing as an ‘international patent’.