If you have created a new invention, you should consider protecting it by a patent.
A patent gives you the right to stop people from making, using, importing or selling your invention without your permission. A granted patent can remain in force, if renewed regularly, for up to 20 years.
A patent also allows you to license others to use your invention which can generate royalties and provide an important source of revenue for your business.
There are strict rules that determine what can and can't be patented. A patent may not always be the best way for you to protect your invention.
This guide explains what is a patent and outlines advantages and disadvantages of getting a patent. It tells you how to search for existing patents and how to apply for a patent. It also suggests ways to license your patent and defend your patent against infringement.