What is a patent?

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Patents are being used to protect how things function. A patent is a legal right given for a fresh and innovative invention. A registered patent provides the invention with’s owner the exclusive right to commercialize it throughout the patent’s lifetime. The owner also has the right to offer licenses to others to create, utilize, or sell the invention or items based on it.

Patent protection, unlike copyright, isn’t given automatically. A formal patent application must be submitted, and the invention must not be revealed before filing. If a person has invented a new item, ingredient, or procedure with the potential for considerable long-term commercial advantage, patents provide adequate protection.

One can use a patent to regulate the sale or usage of innovation. Even though a competitor develops the invention, they will still need to license or buy the original patent before using it. A patent promotes extra research, effort, testing, and money to develop a new product, process, or method. For the duration of patent registration, the owner has a monopoly. 

Once the patent period has expired, anybody can make, use, or sell the innovation for a profit. An inventor is the only person who can apply for a patent on their invention. When two or more individuals collaborate on innovation, the law demands that all participants file a patent application as joint inventors.

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Pieter Borremans
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