What is a patent?

1 April 2017, Rev 21 April 2017

A patent is a monopoly of a new invention.

A patent is set out in a document called a specification which must contain a description of the invention, a claim or claims and any drawing referred to in the description or any claim,

The description must disclose the invention in a manner which is clear enough and complete enough for the invention to be performed by a person skilled in the art, that is to say, a person or team of persons having the necessary skills and knowledge to make use of the invention.

Each claim must define the matter for which protection is sought.

Further Reading

NIPC Inventors Club

Patents FAQ


Jane Lambert

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