OVERVIEW OF THE PATENTING PROCESS
A patent is an exclusive right of its owner to exclude others from making, using, or selling the invention as defined in the claims of the patent for a period of time, which in the United States is 20 years from the date of filing the patent application. The typical process of obtaining a patent on an invention is shown here:
Patent Application Preparation
Patent Application Examination
Patent Application Amendment
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