Sep 09 2010

What is a patent?

Category: Law


A patent gives an inventor a property right for an invention that prevents others from making, using, or selling it. In exchange for this right, the inventor will fully disclose the specifics of the invention. In the United States, a patent can be filed and issued with the US Patent and Trademark Office and will typically last for a period of 20 years. In addition, a patent is only protected in the country where it was applied for. It does not extend beyond those boundaries. When a patent expires, it can’t be renewed, and anyone wishing to produce, use, or sell the invention may do so at their leisure.

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