What is a patent?

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  • The patent grant and the meaning of patents -- Types of patents -- Other features of patents -- The value of patents -- How to evaluate an invention -- What a patent is not -- What is patentable? -- Who may obtain a patent? -- When may one apply for a patent? -- How to obtain a patent -- Prepare a disclosure of the invention -- Conduct a patentability search -- Prepare and file the patent application -- Provisional and non-provisional patent applications -- Prosecution of the non-provisional patent application -- Issuance of the patent -- Maintenance fees -- Exploitation of patents -- Enforcement of patents -- Alternatives to patent protection
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