A patent is an exclusive right granted by the government for an invention that is new, involves an inventive step and is capable of industrial application.
A patent owner enjoys exclusive rights that prevent others from using, making, offering for sale, selling or importing a process or product in respect of which the patent has been granted.
In India, the patent is governed by – the Patent Act, 1970 and the Patent Rules, 2003.
Patent registration applications are handled by the Patent Office, Controller General of Patents, Designs & Trademarks.
A patent in India is granted for a period of 20 years.
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