A patent is a government granted right, which allows the inventor to keep out anyone else from using, making, or selling the invention in the country that issued the patent. The government grants this right to assist encourage inventors to spend the time, money and effort to invent new products, technologies and the like. Patenting an invention may sound a bit easier than it actually is, especially if you want to maintain an invention as yours and not have your idea stolen by anyone else. Patenting an invention requires to meet three legal requirements. The first requirement is well known as Novelty, this means that your invention is 100% unique and original. The second requirement is Non-Obviousness, this means that finally, the technology must be different and thirdly, utility, this involves that the invention must serve a useful purpose.
In order for an invention to be patentable it should be new as defined in the patent law, which provides that an invention cannot be patented if: "(a) the invention was used by others in this country, or patented or described in a printed publication in a foreign country, before the invention thereof by the applicant for patent,"(b) The invention was patented or described in a printed publication in a foreign country or in public use or on sale in this country more than one year prior to the application for patent.
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