What is a “patent”?

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What is a “patent”?

A patent is a grant of a property right by the Government to the inventor. The United States Constitution provides for Congress to provide for patents to encourage useful inventions.

The patent itself provides a detailed description of the invention, and how it is used or how to make it. Thus if you obtain a patent you can not keep the matter secret, which is the province of Trade Secret Law.

A patent enables the owner to exclude others from making, using or selling the invention for the life of the patent.

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