How do I patent this?

I've created a new kind of puzzle (since I won't say what it really is, think of it as a sudoku) that I would like to get patented. Since it isn't really an invention that serves a purpose, I was wondering if a regular patent would be the right thing, or if there was something else I would have to do instead. Either way, how do I get started?

10 months ago - 3 answers

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A puzzle like that could run into what's called a "printed matter rejection". You can, in theory, patent a series of instructions for a game as an invention. It needs to be "functional" and not simply a design printed on paper (such as a playing surface, which could be copyrighted).

Games like that do "serve a purpose" in the legal sense that they provide entertainment.

it needs to be described in terms that make it "new and non-obvious" over any other game ever used in public or described in any publication in any language anywhere in the world, or any equivalents, and any obvious improvements or combinations of any of those things, in order to be patentable.


10 months ago

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You hire 15 minutes of a Patent Attorney's time and when he tells you that you got nothing worth patenting you thank him for saving you a lot of time and trouble.

by Pal - 10 months ago

I suspect something like the monopoly game is copyrighted and not patented. Here's one example patent for a Rubik's Cube style game, that should give you an idea of a patent format, you probably have to provide a working prototype as well:

You might be able to do a preliminary patent search at the U.S. patent office:

I test searched for the term: Game and got 105,839 results

by Jake - 10 months ago