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What is a Patent?

A patent protects new inventions and covers how things work, what they do, how they do it, what they are made of and how they are made. It gives the owner the right to prevent others from making, using, importing or selling the invention without permission.

Your invention must:

  • be new;
  • have an inventive step that is not obvious to someone with knowledge and experience in the subject;
  • be capable of being made or used in some kind of industry;
  • not be:

a scientific or mathematical discovery, theory or method

a literary, dramatic, musical or artistic work

a way of performing a mental act, playing a game or doing business

the presentation of information, or some computer programs

an animal or plant variety

a method of medical treatment or diagnosis

against public policy or morality.

If your invention meets these requirements, you may want to consider applying for a patent.
If you have a granted patent, you must renew it every year after the 5th year for up to 20 years protection.


Fast Patent Facts
  • Inventions must be kept confidential to be patentable.

  • Inventions must be capable of industrial application.

  • Granting a patent application can take several years.

  • Patents can be renewed for a maximum of 20 years .

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