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What is a patent?

A patent is a right that is granted for any device, substance, method or process that is new, inventive, and useful.

A patent is legally enforceable and gives you (the owner), exclusive rights to commercially exploit the invention for the life of the patent.

Before you apply

Before you apply, you'll need to decide if a patent is appropriate for your product, where you want to patent it and what is involved in the application process.

Applying for a patent can be complex. To ensure you make the right decision, see our broad list of topics below.

You may also find our guide to applying for a patent useful.

Last Updated: 12/6/2015

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