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A U.S. patent is essentially a right which the government grants to the
inventor permitting him "to exclude others from making, using, or
selling the invention" within the U.S., its territories and
possessions. You may obtain a patent on any "new, useful process,
machine, or composition of matter, or any new and useful improvement
The U.S. government grants patents for a term of 20 years from the
filing date . After the term expires,
you lose your exclusive right to the invention. In addition,
failure to pay maintenance fees will result in the patent prematurely
Why is 'global patent protection' important?
Patents protect inventions and proprietary technologies.
A patent granted in the U.S., for example, allows the patentee to
prevent others, for a limited time, from making, using, or selling
the claimed process or product.
the patentee to prevent infringement that occurs within the country
or region granting the patent. It is not unusual, therefore, for
the owner of a process patent in one country to stand helplessly
by as a competitor uses that process in another country (where the
patentee has no protection), and imports the final product back
into the first country to be sold.
country. The most effective strategy is one that best protects the
patentee in key countries and regions of the world, in a strategic
and cost-effective manner.