What is a Patent?

A patent is a grant issued by a government that entitles an owner to exclude others from making, using and selling a patented invention within the United States during the term of the patent.  The granting of a patent for a limited time encourages the public disclosure of new technical advances and provides an incentive for investing in the commercializa­tion of the patented invention.  The public disclo­sure of new technical advances improves the exchange of new techni­cal innovation and contributes to the overall progress of technical innovation.