Patents protect inventions – new and improved products and processes that are capable of industrial application. A patent gives you the right for a limited period to stop others from making, using or selling your invention without your permission.
Patents are about functional and technical aspects of products and processes. Most patents are for incremental improvements in known technology. The technology does not have to be complex.
Patents are legal documents that describe inventions, and as such must be carefully worded. For example, patents must describe an invention with enough detail for a person to replicate the invention, and must contain claims, which define the scope of the invention. Also, not every invention can be patented – specific conditions must be fulfilled.
It is important that you do not publicly disclose any new invention until you have decided whether or not you wish to file patent applications to protect these. This is because in most instances such a public disclosure will prevent you from obtaining valid patent protection.
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