Patent invention ideas protected by a patent gives the patent owner definite legal rights. Invention ideas, which are not protected by a patent or that are not patentable may be used liberally by anyone.
A patent is a legal right granted by the UK Intellectual Property Office for a new invention. Normally, to obtain a UK patent you need to apply to the UK Intellectual Property office. If they decide your invention is patentable, generally, the patent will be granted about four years after you made the application.
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