You can obtain a U.S. utility patent if your invention is adequately described and is:
New means the invention was not (a) patented or (b) published or (c) in public use or (d) on sale or (e) otherwise available to the public (ex. oral presentation) by another at any time before the first filing date of your patent application, OR the inventor(s) had not disclosed the subject matter of their patent application via (a) patent or (b) publication or (c) public use or (d) making available for sale, or (e) otherwise making available to the public more than 1 year prior to the first filing date of your patent application.
To be Useful, an invention must have a utility, a practical aspect.
Non-obvious means that a person having ordinary skill in the art, at the time the invention was made or conceived, would likely not have made or conceived the invention. The Patent Office will look to prior publications to determine if a combination of references would arrive at the invention seeking the grant of a patent.
Jeanette Ennis supports UW researchers pursuing grant money to commercialize their innovations, and helps CoMotion secure economic development grant opportunities. Ennis joined CoMotion in 2009 after more than 15 years of broad research experience as a scientist, entrepreneur, and manager. Her areas of expertise include pharmacology, biochemistry, molecular biology, tissue engineering, and medical devices. She has worked with a variety of start-up companies as project manager, grant writer, and intellectual property manager, and held senior research positions at Cornell University and the UW Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery. She earned a doctorate in medical and molecular pharmacology from the University of California, Los Angeles, where she trained with Louis Ignarro, Nobel Laureate in Physiology. She also holds a certificate in technical writing and editing from the UW Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering.