A patent is an agreement or right where the state gives a monopoly on manufacture, use and trade for up to twenty years. In return, the owner gives certain technical information to the public sufficient for a skilled person to recreate the invention.

Reasons for patenting an invention

  1. Patents prevent individuals from using your invention without your consent.
  2. Patents provide rewards to inventors in the form of recognition for their work and material or monetary rewards for commercially successful inventions.
  3.  The spur created by these patents promotes innovation, which in turn improves the quality of human life.
  4. The information provided by patent owners enhances the body of technical knowledge in the world, thereby encouraging further creativity and innovation and inspiring future generations.