Max Polyakov, Noosphere Ventures Managing Partner, Defends His Business Ideas with Patents

Max Polyakov, Noosphere Ventures managing partner, spoke about the methods of protecting his business ideas. After discussing the procedure of patenting, Max Polyakov gave several recommendations on filing an international application.


Max Polyakov, Noosphere Ventures managing partner, is an entrepreneur, behind whom are many successful projects implemented in the field of online games, social networks and even aerospace. His success is due not only to the efforts he has made, but also his responsible attitude toward ideas.

Max Polyakov, Noosphere Ventures

While creating and promoting new projects, it is important to remember your competition and protect the technologies you develop. One way to protect yourself is to patent your intellectual property. A patent is the documented monopoly right of an inventor to use a product. Max Polyakov, for example, owns 6 patents for various technologies that he uses in his business.

Patent laws are territorial. In other words, there is no such thing as an “international patent.” Patents are granted and regulated by national and regional agencies and have different requirements in different countries. In order to protect his inventions in several countries, Max Polyakov uses the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT). But this procedure is more expensive and time-consuming.

Max Polyakov explained that the process of filing an application for the PCT procedure takes place in several stages:

  1. Submission of the international application to the Receiving Office in one of the established languages, where the application for compliance is conducted.

  2. Submission of the application to the International Searching Authority and receipt of an opinion on patentability.

  3. International publication of the application.

  4. Obtaining a national patent in each state specified in the application.


The whole process can take from 6 to 24 months.


In order to obtain a patent, the invention must satisfy three criteria:

  • Novelty – the solution must be previously unknown for a given area

  • Inventive level – the solution should not be obvious to a specialist in the field

  • Industrial applicability – the solution can be used in practice

Max Polyakov gave several recommendations before applying for patents on his technologies:

  • Examine existing patents. Only about 3% of patents all over the world enter the market, so if there is no competitive product on the market this does not mean that it is not patented.

  • Create a prototype. Many have to significantly change the design and technology in the product creation process, due to the prematurely filed patent application. In such circumstances, the patenting process also has to start anew. For example, Max Polyakov filed an application for the patenting of the online game “Slot Journey” only a year after its official release on the market.

  • Explore the market. It is possible that the market is so narrowly specialized that there is no sense in patenting your technology.

Certainly, one of the most important tools of Max Polyakov’s Noosphere Ventures for the promotion of its business projects are his patents. This method of protecting intellectual property helped him to successfully bring products to the international level.