A patent is a form of intellectual property protection, granted in geographic territories, that gives innovators exclusive rights to their innovations for a limited period. This exclusive right allows the inventor to prevent others from making, using, selling, or importing the patented invention without their permission.

In simple terms a patent protects “what something does” and is often associated with the mechanical action of an innovative product. The actual scope in which protection can be claimed is wider than that and includes: new and useful processes, machines, articles of manufacture, or compositions of matter.

To obtain a patent, a patent application needs to be filed at the relevant patent office. This application typically includes detailed claims, descriptions and drawings. The patent office examines the application to ensure it meets the criteria for patentability, including novelty, non-obviousness, and usefulness.

Once granted, a patent provides the inventor with exclusive rights to their invention for a specified period, which is usually 20 years from the filing date. During this time, the inventor can commercialize the invention and take legal action against those who infringe on the patented rights.

It is important to note that obtaining a patent involves a complex legal process, and innovators are advised to seek the assistance of patent attorneys or agents to navigate the requirements and increase the chances of a successful application.

To understand more about your intellectual property and how the Chamber can help you please call Scott Sellars on 01274 230074 or send an email.

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