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It may seem like folly to some Texas residents to think that federal law protects ideas that seem impossible to most people. However, without people who follow their "impossible" dreams, many of today's household objects -- such as iPhones, toasters and microwaves -- would never have been invented. Patent law protects those who are willing to look outside the box and create something new that could possibly change the way we live.

In this context, Toyota's latest patent application looks less like folly and more like a hope for the future. Numerous Hollywood movies and television shows have featured the company's latest idea -- flying cars. Toyota may not be the only one who has applied to patent an idea for a flying car, but that does not mean the application will not go through.

The car manufacturer's idea may be different from others. The patent outlines a stackable wing design that it believes could be viable one day. Many companies, and individuals patent several concept ideas just in case they become a reality at some point in the future. As long as the idea meets the requirements set forth in patent law, Toyota may become the owner of a patent for a flying car.

Companies and individuals here in Texas should not hesitate to take their ideas and concepts to the next level. While still in the theoretical stage, applying for a patent may be a good idea. The process can be complex and even frustrating. A patent law professional can help make the process easier so the applicant can continue working to bring his or her idea to fruition.

Source: bizbeatblog.dallasnews.com, "Toyota files for patent for possible flying car", Terry Box, Sept. 10, 2015

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