Overview of Basic Facts about Patents
Patents provide protection over inventions that satisfy certain criteria, such as utility, novelty and non-obviousness. A patent right allows owners to prevent others from manufacturing, selling and/or using the invention.
However, there are other basic important facts about patents that you should know before we start getting into more detail.
- The right to exclude is temporary (it typically lasts for 20 years from the date of filing).
- Patents are granted by the government after you go through a filing process (which we will talk about in more detail).
- Patents are jurisdictionally limited in that they are granted country by country, so if you do not have a patent in a particular country, your invention may be free for use there.
- If someone is infringing on your patent, your typical remedy is to go to court.
Frequently Asked QuestionS about patents
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