From Idea to Patent: Unleashing the Potential of Your Innovation

Walter Code
3 min readMay 3, 2024


At Walter Code, we value education in various fields. Recently, our colleague Nađa Zubčević Redžepagić, a multi-award-winning innovator in Bosnia and Herzegovina, led an enlightening workshop titled “The Power of Patents: Intellectual Property Assets.” If you’ve ever wondered whether to protect your invention with a patent, you’re in the right place. Let’s dive into the exciting world of patent protection and explore whether it’s the right choice for you.

Imagine having a revolutionary idea that could transform the world for the better. But here’s the catch — just having an idea isn’t enough to safeguard it with a patent or any other form of intellectual property protection. An idea, in its raw form, isn’t a tangible product that can find its footing in the market.

So, what does it take to patent an invention? Three key criteria come into play:

1. Novelty: Your invention must be entirely novel, with no prior existence in the known technical realm.

2. Inventiveness: It shouldn’t be an obvious solution to someone skilled in the relevant technical field.

3. Industrial Applicability: Your invention should be usable or producible across various industries.

Before rushing into filing a patent application, the smart move is to delve into patent databases. Surprisingly, many innovators overlook this crucial step, which can lead to setbacks in the patent protection journey.

Now, let’s weigh the pros and cons of patent protection:

Benefits of Patent Protection:

- Competitive Edge: Prevent competitors from exploiting your invention for commercial gains.

- Licensing Opportunities: Earn revenue by licensing your innovation to interested parties.

- Investor Attraction: Patents can be a magnet for investors looking to fund groundbreaking ideas.

- Networking: Unlock doors to networking events where you can connect with like-minded innovators and potential collaborators.

Drawbacks of Patent Protection:

- Public Disclosure: Patents require disclosing technical details, making your invention’s specifics public.

- Territorial Limitations: Patents are valid only in countries where they’re filed, leaving gaps for production elsewhere.

- Lengthy Process: Patents don’t happen overnight; the application process can take years.

- Costs: From filing fees to legal expenses, patenting can be financially demanding.

- Limited Duration: Patents have an expiration date, typically after 20 years.

The ultimate goal? Commercializing your patent. But that’s where the real challenge begins. Timing, market readiness, and production feasibility all play pivotal roles in turning a patent into a profitable venture.

Remember, there’s no one-size-fits-all rule for patent success. It’s a complex decision influenced by myriad factors unique to each invention and its market potential.

If you’re interested in learning more about how to protect your invention, you can check out workshops led by patent agents. Links and speakers are provided below:

- Filling out a patent application led by Tarik Kapić, a European patent attorney and the general director of BOVARD law firm with offices in Bern, Bienne, and Neuchatel in Switzerland.

- How to search patent databases, led by Adi Krdžalić, a patent agent and one of the leading specialists in Bosnia and Herzegovina in the field of intellectual property.

- International patent protection, led by Elvedin Pandžić, a long-time collaborator of the Intellectual Property Institute of Bosnia and Herzegovina, from the patent department, who also deals with international protection (PCT).

In conclusion, understanding the nuances of patent protection empowers innovators like you to make informed decisions about safeguarding your intellectual property. So, are you ready to embark on this exciting journey of innovation and protection?