What makes something novel? Generally, it has never been made before. It has never been published or described in a patent application. An invention can also be non-obvious if it is something that a person with ordinary knowledge would not come up with on their own. Combining two known things does not make it novel. To make a combination novel, the inventor must have a new way to combine them.

Inventive thinking

When to call an idea or invention a novel, it depends on the circumstances. Sometimes a great idea may just come to you have no idea what to call it, while at other times an idea may just come to you while you’re daydreaming. But there are a few key points to keep in mind before deciding whether your idea should be called a novel. In addition to the monetary value, you should also consider whether the idea is truly a novel.

Inventors often try to improve something. Their ideas may be better for the environment, healthier for people, and faster. Some of them may try to make something aesthetically pleasing, better for the environment, or more affordable. Others may try to improve something by making it lighter or better. Whatever it is, you should consider calling it a novel once you have explored it fully. Here are some examples of what should qualify.

To qualify for patent protection, an idea or invention must be novel. Its subject matter must not have been publicly disclosed before the date of filing. This has led to many rejected patent applications. To make sure that your idea has not been published before, you should check historical libraries, articles, and art for similar items. This way, you can make sure your invention is truly novel and nonobvious. This way, you’ll be more likely to win the patent you need to protect your idea.

Inventive process

There are many factors that determine when to call an idea or invention a novel. Firstly, you need to define the scope of the idea. Inventions cannot be too abstract. They must be practical, move machines, and benefit people. Furthermore, they cannot be the results of natural discoveries. In order to receive a patent, the inventor must purify, modify, and incorporate the discovery into a larger invention.

A process or machine is a manufacturing innovation, while an idea is an original combination of materials. An invention may also be a new composition of matter, which isn’t present in the world yet. A new telecommunication system, for example, may combine existing processes. Another invention might be a new type of concrete that blends existing materials and new chemicals. In addition, an invention may be a novel way to use a product.

To be considered a novel invention, the new concept or idea must be substantially different from prior art. This can include published items, previous patented ideas, and items that have been sold in the open market. Moreover, the concept must be new and not obvious to others. Thus, it is necessary to seek further sources to determine if the idea is novel. The legal definition of an invention may differ from the one used in common usage. The legal concept of an invention is different in European and American patent laws.


The value of an idea or invention can be determined by its novelty. There are three levels of novelty: central, extreme, and unconventional. Each level of novelty has a different range of potential sales. It is important to note that novelty does not necessarily translate into marketability. In some cases, a low novelty score may be sufficient to prevent an invention from being patented. In other cases, an invention could have a high novelty level, but not a high sales value.

The concept of novelty is defined as “something new to the world.” The level of novelty is often dependent on the maturity of public knowledge. A solution may be completely new in one context but widely known in another. In addition, it can be considered novel from several viewpoints, including technological, scientific, and economic. There are many ways to evaluate novelty. Listed below are some examples of how novelty can be measured. So, if you want to learn more about the concept behind a new invention or idea, continue reading.

Inventions with high central novelty tend to have higher hit rates, and those with high extremes have lower average hits. The central novelty sweet spot has the potential to enhance invention value, but if too many inventions share it, the value may be suppressed. Nevertheless, the combined knowledge of scientific and technological advances allows for computational evaluation of design and idea novelty. These findings may also inspire a new strand of research in the field of data-driven design.


In patent law, the standard for “non-obviousness” when calling an idea or invention novel is whether the invention is sufficiently remote from the prior art to constitute a genuine innovation. An invention is not obvious if its components are already known or would be easy to come up with without any inventive effort. The standard is also flexible, as it takes into account all aspects of the invention in the context of the prior art. The most commonly scrutinized inventions are those which combine elements from different fields. In addition, an invention may be obvious if it has market or design incentives or if it involves a limited number of possibilities for experimentation. In this case, development would have been inevitable.

A patent application must contain a detailed description of an invention’s function, features, or composition of matter. The patent office will determine whether the idea is “new and useful” and whether it demonstrates an improvement over the prior art. This is called the novelty standard. Unlike the utility standard, the novelty standard does not apply to all aspects of an idea. An invention must provide a useful or unforeseen result to a user.

The test for non-obviousness is also flexible. In general, an idea or invention can be called a “novel” if it is published or put to use in the public prior to a patent application. An exception to this rule is when an inventor-applicant publishes his idea or invention up to a year before filing for a patent. This step, however, costs the inventor valuable foreign filing rights. Further, someone else may discover the publication and file a separate application for the same or a similar idea. A subsequent claim could require an expensive derivation proceeding.

Inventive solution

A novel idea or invention is an idea that improves upon an existing product or service. It might be a faster, cheaper, easier or healthier solution to an existing problem. It could also be visually different from the existing one or have new color or light properties. In short, it could be anything that makes life easier for someone else. Here are some examples of possible ideas:

A solution idea is similar to an existing product, but differs in the implementation of one or more elements of the working principle. The functional idea is different in this way. The physical effects and functions of one idea may differ from those of another. The complete list of solution ideas is found in the additional material. The following is a brief discussion of these categories. The goal is to identify the features that distinguish one idea from another. Once the problem is defined, the next step is to identify the different elements of the solution.

Prior art

Patent office policies require that inventors disclose material prior art. Prior art is published work that is not obvious, yet has been subjected to a prior search. The patent office provides a specific procedure for telling them about relevant prior art. Prior art can be any document published before the critical date of the invention. An article published in an Irkut daily gazette could be considered prior art. A patent office search may take several months.

Before a patent is issued, an inventor may want to share an idea or invention with others. However, a disclosure made in confidence is not considered prior art. This should be documented in a written non-disclosure agreement (NDA) signed by both parties. Even if the disclosure is made in confidence, an inventor should still prove that the disclosure was made in confidence. The simplest way to prove this is to provide a signed NDA.

There are many examples of prior art. Inventions that have already been implemented in the real world are not considered prior art. However, comic books and movies can be used to demonstrate lack of novelty. These works do not provide enough information to build a patent suit. Other types of prior art that can be used to show that an idea is obvious are non-enabling works, such as abandoned patent applications or provisional patent applications that are never published.