A patent is an agreement with a government granting a person or organization ownership of an invention, which is a product or a process, for a designated period of time within that country. This protection excludes others from making, using or selling an invention. Most industrialized countries award patents, but they do not recognize patents from other countries.
The protection is granted for a limited period, generally 20 years from the filing date of the application.
In order to be patentable, your invention must show novelty, utility, and ingenuity.
For more information, consult the Canadian Intellectual Property Office's (CIPO) Guide to Patents or the World Intellectual Property Organization's (WIPO) Patent FAQs.
Utility patents for any process, machine, article of manufacture, or compositions of matters, or any new useful improvement. This type of patent protects the way an item is used or works (protects inventions).
Design patents for new, original, ornamental design of manufactured article. This type of patent protects the appearance of an item.
Plant patents for asexually reproduced, distinct, new plant variety.
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