Can I patent an improvement on an existing idea?

The first thing is that you need to determine whether you have an “invention” that can be patented. Along with the proper subject matter, the invention needs to be new and non-obvious.

An invention that is already in the public domain or has already been patented is typically unable to be patented. It also needs to be more than an obvious improvement. The standard is determined by looking at the prior art of the subject area and determining whether the claimed invention is simply an obvious improvement on what was already in the public domain. If the claimed invention is only an obvious improvement, it will not be granted a patent. You will also need to prove that your claimed invention is useful.

Whether you meet the requirements will be determined by the USPTO through the filing process. You will submit all required application and filing materials to the office and they will make a determination on the patentability of your claimed invention. I would suggest that you hire a patent attorney to help you with the filing process.

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