What is a U.S. patent?

A patent is a grant issued by the federal government giving an inventor (or his Assignee) the right to exclude all others from conducting any of the following activities within the United States: making, using, offering for sale or selling the invention. For example, if a knock-off is made in another country but sold in the U.S., the U.S. patent can be used to stop those sales. The U.S. government grants this limited monopoly in return for a full disclosure of the invention in the patent application.

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Last update on May 9, 2016 by Administrator.

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