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Patent - Intellectual Property Law

You can use a patent to protect your invention. It gives you the right to take legal action against anyone who replicates, uses, or sells without your permission. A patent is formed of claims that define the limits of exactly what a patent does, and does not, protect from replication of your product.

To be granted a patent, your invention must be something that can be made or used, it must be something that did not already exsist and it must be innovative - not just a simple modification to something that already exists.

A patent can be renewed annually for up to twenty years from its date of filing, before it expires.



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