The Basics of Patents

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Most have heard of patents, but few know the full story of what they are, how they work, and what can be done with them. At its most basic, a patent is a form of intellectual property (IP) protection that gives its owner the right to exclude others from making, using, or selling the invention covered by it. But patents also play a larger societal role by allowing creators to monetize their work, thereby encouraging further innovation and progress.

If you are curious about patents, or know someone who is, now is the opportunity to learn the basics of patents and get answers to all your burning questions about patent law.

In this webinar, Fish attorneys Indranil Sarkar and Sushil Iyer provide an overview of patents and the US patent system. Topics that were addressed include:

  • What is a patent, and what rights does a patent provide?
  • What can be patented?
  • What are the types of US patent applications?
  • What is the structure of a US patent application?
  • What is the process for obtaining a patent in the US?
  • What is the term of a US patent?
  • Who owns an innovation?

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