A patent gives an inventor the right for a limited period to stop others from making, using or selling an invention without the permission of the inventor.

Patents are about functional and technical aspects of products and processes, and specific conditions must be fulfilled to get a patent.

Most patents are for incremental improvements in known technology – evolution rather than revolution. The technology does not have to be complex.

Patent rights are territorial; a UK patent does not give rights outside of the UK . Patent rights last for up to 20 years in the UK . Some patents, such as those for medicinal products, may be eligible for a further 5 years protection with a Supplementary Protection Certificate.

Although there are potential pitfalls with patents, a patent can be of value to an inventor, and can also benefit other people. You can arrange, through a licence ( or sale ) to use another inventor’s patent. Large amounts of information can be learnt from other people’s patents , however, it needs a degree of expertise to know where to look.

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