I'm creating a book about how to teach to children. Can I patent the method described in my book?

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    General answer: Yes Specific answer: Need more information – user14387 Jun 13 '15 at 6:29
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    Yes in some countries provided it satisfy patent-ability requirements. – Pushpak Jun 15 '15 at 8:54
  • Enfish is another case you definitely want to be aware of. Software implementations of abstract ideas seems to be safe. By contrast, this reinforces the non-patentability of pure methods without technological implementations. – DukeZhou Nov 17 '16 at 23:39

You should take a look at "Alice" and "Bilski" and "Mayo", the three recent cases that address this area.

Essentially, as I understand it, a purely abstract idea such as a "set of mental steps" is not likely patent eligible at this time.

However, patent law is always in a state of chaos, so you should consult with a patent attorney or two before making any public disclosure, just in case there is a way to render the material eligible. (In March of 2013, US Patent law switched from "first to invent" to "first to file", thus any public disclosure prior to filing either a provisional or nonprovisional patent will lose you the right to pursue a patent for any disclosed material.)


It's possible, but depends on the specifics of the method. Talk with a patent attorney to find out.


Yes it is possible to patent a method described in your book. But the method has to fulfill that criteria of non-obviousness, novelty and industrial application. Further, there are prior art searches done to establish the above three criteria. on then will your patent be granted.

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