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“A good scientist is a person with original ideas. A good engineer is a person who makes a design that works with as few original ideas as possible.”

Freeman Dyson

We don’t disagree. Protecting incremental steps that make all the difference is a frequent challenge.

Any engineering specialist will know that generalist knowledge of engineering is seldom sufficient to understand the finer points of engine technology. That’s why we have attorneys who have specialised in engineering and who have worked in research and development in automotive and aerospace engineering companies. We will readily understand your inventions when drafting patent applications, and will understand the relevance of technology cited during the onward prosecution of your patents. Ultimately, this will save time, money and secure a better result for you.

The cruel truth is that many engine related innovations are relatively easy to understand by visual inspection, and are fertile ground for copyists. Keeping the invention secret is not an option, since the product is ultimately open for public inspection once sold. This is why engine manufactures and designers invest heavily in patent protection to limit competition and maximise return on their ideas.