In its simplest form, a patent grants you the right to exclude others from practicing, making, using or importing your invention in exchange of disclosing your invention to the public. The public’s interest is represented by the patent office. In the US, the patent office is called the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). In Europe, the patent office is called European Patent Office (EPO) which is based in Germany. There are other major patent authorities in the world. The patent office is responsible for issuing patents. Once the patent is issued, the patent holder must enforce the patent.

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Tracy Jong