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PatentsA patent is a right granted for any device, substance, method or process which is new, inventive and useful.
A patent is legally enforceable and gives the owner the exclusive right to commercially exploit the invention for the life of the patent. You must apply for a patent to obtain exclusive rights to exploit your invention.
A patent gives long-term protection and control over an invention for up to 20 years.
Patents give effective protection if you have invented new technology that will lead to a product, composition or process with significant long-term commercial gain.
In return, patent applicants must share their know-how by providing a full description of how their invention works. This information becomes public and can provide the basis for further research by others.
You cannot patent artistic creations, mathematical models, plans, schemes or other purely mental processes.
What is an invention?
In patent jargon, an invention is generally defined as a new and inventive solution to a technical problem. It may relate to the creation of an entirely new device, product, method or process, or may simply be an incremental improvement to a known product or process. Merely finding something that already exists in nature generally does not qualify as an invention; an adequate amount of human ingenuity, creativity and inventiveness must be involved.
While most inventions nowadays are the result of considerable efforts and long-term investments in Research and Development (R&D), many simple and inexpensive technical improvements, of great market value, have yielded significant income and profits to their inventors or companies.
IMPORTANT POINTS ABOUT PATENTS
PATENT APPLICATION PROCEDURE
INVENTIONS WHICH CANNOT BE PATENTED
FEE FOR PATENTS - FOR INDIAN APPLICANT
FEE FOR PATENTS - FOR NON-INDIAN APPLICANT