2. Innovation Patents
Innovation patents are subject to a lower threshold test for patentability in that the invention claimed must be new and “innovative”, as opposed to “inventive”.
Innovation patents proceed directly through to grant, and examination may be requested by the applicant or by a third party at any time throughout the 8-year life of the innovation patent.
An innovation patent is typically recommended for inventions considered below the inventiveness threshold for a standard patent, and which have a short market life expectancy.