Anonymous asked in Business & FinanceOther - Business & Finance · 1 decade ago

What's Does It Mean By A Patent?

on some adverts it says "patent pending" but what's a patent

4 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    A patent is a legal protection of an invention which is given by the government. A patent protects the company by legally forbidding anyone else from making that same item (copying it, basically) without the inventors permission for a certain number of years (usually 20). Its purpose is to protect inventors from having their inventions stolen by others and giving them time to make money off their invention.

    An individual or company applies for a patent from the government's patent office by sending in the description, pictures and other supporting documents about the invention. The patent office then determines if the item is indeed patentable (no one else has invented this thing before and it is an actual invention not just an idea or discovery) and then grants a patent to the company.

    Companies will sometimes put "patent pending" on their ad or product when their invention has been sent to the patent office but they haven't received the actual patent yet (it is a government office- you can imagine how slow they sometimes go and how long it might take for them to actually get the paperwork done and get a patent application accepted).

    Patents are different from trademarks (which protect a company name or logo) and copyrights (which protect creative works, not inventions.)

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    6 years ago

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  • 1 decade ago

    The term patent usually refers to a right granted to anyone who invents or discovers any new and useful process, machine, article of manufacture, or composition of matter, or any new and useful improvement thereof. A patent is a limited property right that the government offers to inventors in exchange for their agreement to share the details of their inventions with the public. It is not a right to practice or use the invention, but rather provides the right to exclude others from making, using, selling, offering for sale, or importing the patented invention for the term of the patent, which is usually 20 years.

  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

    It means they have applied for a patent and are waiting. Depending on when they applied, and in which country or countries, we might be able to get a copy of the application and learn which aspect of the bra they are hoping to patent. Give us more info on the manufacturer and or the bra and we will see what we can see.

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