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What is a Patent

A patent is an intellectual property right granted by a country's government as a territorial right for a limited period. Patents make it illegal for anyone except the owner or someone with the owner’s permission to make, use, import or sell the invention in the country where the patent was granted.

What do patents cover

Patents cover products or processes that contain a new functional or technical aspects. They are concerned with how things work, how they are made or what they are made of. Such as electronics, medicines, agriculture and transport. Anything in fact from a small detail in an electric switch to an entire power station.

How long do they last

A granted patent in remains in force for 20 years, just as long as renewal fees are paid each year to keep it in force.

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