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Ken Targett

Hampshire, United Kingdom




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Patents Overview

The patent system is designed to encourage technological advance.

A patent is a limited-term monopoly granted by the state to the owner of an invention so that the patent owner (patentee) has the right to prevent others commercially exploiting the invention

In return for this monopoly, the owner of the invention must make a sufficiently detailed public disclosure of the invention so that, once the patent has expired, other people can share in the benefits of the invention, and so that, even while the patent is in force, other people can use the information as a starting point for their own research and development, even though they may not be able to exploit their work unless they agree a licence with the patentee.

The monopoly is granted only if the invention satisfies certain conditions as to patentability.

A patent does not give the patentee the right to work the invention commercially. The invention may be a modification or development of an invention which is covered by an earlier patent. However, in some circumstances, it may be possible to obtain a compulsory licence under the earlier patent.

If a patentee does not sufficiently exploit their invention, it may in some circumstances be possible for others to obtain compulsory licences.