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Patent

WHAT IS A PATENT

A patent is a right granted to an inventor by the federal government that permits the inventor to exclude others from making, selling or using the invention for a period of time. The patent system is designed to encourage inventions that are unique and useful to society. Congress was given the power to grant patents in the Constitution, and federal statutes and rules govern patents.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) grants patents for inventions that meet statutory criteria.