A patent is an official document issued by the Canadian Government giving the owner the right to exclude others from using, making or selling his or her invention in Canada for the life of the patent. Canadian patent law is the legal system regulating the granting of patents for inventions within Canada, and the enforcement of these rights in Canada. A patent provides protection for inventions, which is defined as "any new and useful art, machine, process, manufacture or corporation of matter, or any new and useful improvement in any art, process, machine, manufacture or composition of matter".
Canadian patent law provides inventors with an opportunity to protect their "invention" in Canada by means of a Canadian patent. A Canadian patent provides the patent owner with the exclusive right to make, sell and use the patented invention in Canada throughout the life of the patent. To be patentable, an invention must also be non-obvious.
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