What is a patent?

A patent is a government-issued right, an asset, that gives the patent owner the power to prevent others from making, using, and selling products and services covered by the claims of their patent. Keep two things in mind about patents, though.  First, patents are only enforceable in the nation that granted the patent. So, if you want to enforce a patent in France, or China, or Canada, or any other nation, you need to obtain patents in those nations.  Second, a patent does not give you the right to make, use, and sell, your patented products. Yes, that’s right. Patents only give you the right to prevent other people from making, using, and selling your patented technology.  Which means that it’s possible to have a patent and still be legally prevented from going to market with your patented product because of another patent owned by someone else.  Simply, a patent is a prevention right.

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