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    2 Replies Latest reply on Jan 21, 2008 10:14 AM by LUCKIEST

    Is a patent global or domestic?

    devaney Adventurer

      I posted an earlier question about how to research a patent....also, was wondering when you apply for a patent is it global or just based on the country you live in?
        • Re: Is a patent global or domestic?
          LUCKIEST Guide

          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

          • Re: Is a patent global or domestic?
            LUCKIEST Guide

            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.


            Patents, however, are also territorial in nature. They only allow
            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.


            Yet no one can be expected to file each of their patents in every
            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.


            Hope this helps, LUCKIEST