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Patents - introduction

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A patent is an exclusive right granted for an invention, which is a product or a process that provides a new way of doing something, or offers a new technical solution to a problem.

A patent provides protection for the invention to the owner of the patent. Patent protection means that the invention cannot be commercially made, used, distributed or sold without the patent owner's consent. The protection is granted for a limited period, generally 20 years. Once a patent expires, the protection ends, and an invention enters the public domain, that is, the owner no longer holds exclusive rights to the invention, which becomes available to commercial exploitation by others.

Example of EP and US patent specifications:
ikonka przykładuBattery of fuel cells, US 8778550 B2
ikonka przykładuA method for controlling a resonant-mode power supply and a resonant-mode power supply with a controller, EP 2740207 B1
ikonka przykładuAn adaptive voltage divider with corrected frequency characteristic for measuring high voltages, EP 2745121 B1
ikonka przykładuMethod and apparatus for conversion of voltage value to digital word, US 8928516 B2
ikonka przykładuMethod for fabrication of electrochemical energy converter and the electrochemical energy converter, US 8968959 B2

Patents provide incentives to individuals by offering them recognition for their creativity and material reward for their marketable inventions. These incentives encourage innovation, which assures that the quality of human life is continuously enhanced.

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