Last checked: 18/06/2020


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Your rights

Registering a patent gives you exclusive rights (The holder or holders of the IP can exclude anyone else from using the IP in question) over your invention for a limited period, normally 20 years. Other people cannot make, use, offer for sale, sell or import a product or a process based on your patented invention. You can give someone else temporary permission to use the invention through a patent license agreement or sell the patent to someone else. You cannot renew a patent after it expires.

What a patent protects

Use a patent to protect your technical inventions: new products or services which involve an inventive step and have industrial application.

If you want to know if something similar to your invention has already been patented, read the European Patent Office's patent search FAQ and consult the Espacenet database.

How you register a patent

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