Is there any facilitation for filing an invention for those who can prove of not having any available funds?
Unfortunately, as in many fields, even in the invention’s sector one must always take into account some expenses to be done; in order to make the invention stand out certain small or large investments, according to one’s own possibilities, will have to be sustained.
The Art. n. 228 of the I.P.C., however, states that an inventor who can demonstrate to be in deprived conditions, can request the exemption of payment of the printing fees and also the suspension of the annual fees for the first 5 years; in any case, on termination of these, in order to keep the rights on the patent, payment of the sixth year and of the previous 5 years will have to be made. It is therefore possible filing a patent application without any charges.
It is true that normally, for the filing of the patent, it is wise to consult experts who can prepare everything professionally; it is true that often it is necessary to make prototypes to demonstrate the worthiness of our own discovery, but it is also true that, even if modest, the possibility of the Art. 228 offered by the state to the less well-off citizens, is of some help, enabling them to promote their own ideas. Beside this, there is little else that is tangible, and it is not advisable to present your own ideas to someone without having it protected first.