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What are Patents?

What is it?

You may have wondered to yourself “exactly what are patents“? In simple terms a patent gives certain exclusive rights to an inventor for a period of time. In exchange, the inventor must disclose the invention in detail. The exclusive right that is granted is generally the right to prevent others from making, selling or distributing a patented invention without permission. Patents are a form of intellectual property.

Every country has different procedures and requirements for granting a patent. Even the rights granted vary from country to country. A patent application must include one or more claims that define the invention. The claims must meet requirements of being novel, useful and non-obvious. Continue reading What are Patents?