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What is a Patent?


Patents protect technical inventions. Patents can be granted for products or commodities such as articles of daily use, tools, appliances or electronic circuits, and also for processes, such as manufacturing processes, work processes or methods of measurement.

Patents are granted for technical solutions which are new and involve an inventive step, provided that they are also capable of industrial application. The patent confers upon its owner a right of monopoly for a limited period of time, during which only the owner may exploit the patented invention or grant others the right to do so. Patent protection in Germany and according to most patent systems in the world covers a maximum period of 20 years.