What is a patent? -
A patent is a monopoly granted by the government of a country to the owner of an invention for a limited term, usually 20 years. It is granted in exchange for public disclosure of the invention. The rationale behind the patents system is that the scientific and general community will benefit if inventions are put into the public domain, rather than being kept secret.
An invention is publicly disclosed in a document called a patent specification. A patent specification must describe the invention in sufficient detail to enable a person skilled in the field to perform the invention without an undue amount of experimentation.
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