Powhatan Point, OH asked in Patents (Intellectual Property) for Ohio

Q: Am I able to get a patent on a data compression algorithm that's only an idea on paper that describes the process

1 Lawyer Answer
Peter D. Mlynek
Peter D. Mlynek
  • Patents Lawyer
  • Moorestown, NJ

A: You do not need to actually construct your invention to get a patent. You can simply describe it in a way that it is sufficient for someone else who is knowledgeable in the field to follow your description to actually construct it.

But there is a bigger issue at play here. There are certain things which you cannot get a patent on. One of those is mathematical formulas. Your invention needs to be a little bit more than just an algorithm. See Alice v. CLS Bank

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