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A patent is a license or legal right given to an inventor or organization responsible for inventing something new by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). This patent ensures that only the inventor/organization is allowed to produce, sell, use, and even import the invention.
Depending on the invention, the inventor or organization responsible for the invention will need to seek a specific type of patent. There are three primary types of patents:
The application process for a patent may take a significant amount of time to be resolved. When applying for a patent, applicants must do the following:
Specific damages can be sought for compensation in a patent infringement lawsuit. Two most common compensable damages in a patent infringement lawsuit include:
Before an invention can be patented, an in-depth patent search must be performed to ensure that the invention has not already been publicly disclosed. It can be extremely difficult to perform a thorough patent search on your own, so it is highly recommended to hire an experienced patent attorney to assist you.
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