Technical innovations and original new products do not usually appear out of thin air. They are the result of a great deal of brainwork, time and money and often represent a high economic value. It is only logical that you do not want just anyone to benefit from your idea. With a patent you protect your creativity in an effective way from unauthorized use by others.
With a patent you establish the monopoly on your technical invention unambiguously. Patents can for instance be granted for articles or products, machines, methods, use of existing means for a new purpose, production methods, electronic circuits and software.
To be eligible for patent, your invention must satisfy at least two basic requirements: it must be new and inventive. The invention may not therefore already exist, nor may it be immediately obvious.