Overview of Basic Facts about Patents
Patents provide protection over inventions that satisfy criteria like 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 details:
- 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 patents are granted country by country and if you do not have a patent in a particular country then your invention may be free for use in those countries where you don’t have a patent.
- If someone is infringing on your patent your typical remedy is to go to court.
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