What is a patent?
Patents are a form of intellectual property. It gives the owner legal rights to exclude others from making, using, or selling an invention for a period of time. Theoretically, it gives the owner protection from the invention being commercially made, used, distributed, imported, or sold by others without the patent owner's consent.
Are patents valid in all countries?
Patents, in general, are territorial rights. The rights are applicable in the country or region the patent has been filed or granted.
How long do patents in general last?
Patent rights are granted for a limited number of years. In general, it lasts for 20 years from the date of application.
How are patent rights enforced?
Patent rights are usually enforced in a court on the initiative of the right owner. In most systems, a court of law has the authority to stop patent infringement. However, the main responsibility for monitoring, identifying, and taking action against infringers of a patent lies with the patent owner.