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What is a patent?

A patent is an IP right for a technical invention. It allows you to prevent others from using your invention for commercial purposes for up to 20 years. You decide who is allowed to produce, sell or import your invention in those countries in which you own a valid patent. You can also trade your patent, e.g. sell it or licence the use of your invention.

    

  

Before applying for a patent

  

  

Your patent application and examination

  

    

  
  

How can I use patent information?

Information from patents contain valuable up-to-date knowledge about companies and technologies. This information is available to everyone – so why not use it?