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Patent Information

Resources selected to assist students and researchers in the areas related to patents and patent information


These resources have been selected to assist students and teachers/researchers in the areas related to patent information and resources.

What is a patent?

A patent is a right to the inventor, in exchange for public disclosure, to exclude others from making, selling, importing or using the invention for a limited period of time in the territory for which the right is granted.

The invention can be patented only when it is new, inventive and useful. Patents are published so that other people can benefit from the information they contain.

There are no "world patents". Application of patents must be filed in each country. Patenting cooperation treaties, such as PCT – The International Patent System of World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and European Patent Office (EPO), can help simplify the process.

What does a patent document contain?

  1. A first page of basic bibliographic information (title, name of investor(s), application number and date, etc.)
  2. A detailed description of the invention (how it is constructed, used and what benefits it brings)
  3. Claims which define the scope of the legal protection and the inventive step
  4. Drawings
  5. Sometimes with a research report (List of documents found by a patent office when considering the patentability of the invention)

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