Patent Law and Systems Globally

A patent is an exclusive right granted for an invention, which is a product or a process that provides, in general, a new way of doing something, or offers a new technical solution to a problem. To get a patent, technical information about the invention must be disclosed to the public in a patent application. In principle, the patent owner has the exclusive right to prevent or stop others from commercially exploiting the patented invention. In other words, patent protection means that the invention cannot be commercially made, used, distributed, imported or sold by others without the patent owner's consent. Patents are territorial rights. In general, the exclusive rights are only applicable in the country or region in which a patent has been filed and granted, in accordance with the law of that country or region. The protection is granted for a limited period, generally 20 years from the filing date of the application. WIPO

 

Plant Patent Directory Plant
Patent
Directory

Educational Patent Landscape ReportsEducational
Patent
Landscape

NEW! Declassified Patent Documents at National Archives (PDF)

Magnavox Co. v. Activision, Inc. - Ralph Baer's Litigation FilesMagnivox Vs.
Activision

Landmark Patent Law Case: Blonder TongueBlonder
Tongue
Patent Case

Patent Index for Dr. Robert Rines Founder & Former PresidentRines
Patent
Index

Ralph Baer, The Father of the Video Game - Portrait of an InventorRalph H. Baer
Father of
Videogames

Bayh Dole Act CentralBayh/Dole Act
History and
Research Central

 

The Mystery of the the Classified and Missing National Inventors Council (NIC) FilesNIC Mystery
Of the Missing
Files

Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences (BPAI) StatisticsBPAI
Patent
Statistics

BPAI - Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences Decisions 1984 - 1993BPAI
Patent
Appeals

Patent History Materials IndexPatent History
Materials
Index

Legislative IP Acts (LIPA) / History Archive: PatentsLIPA
Patent
Appeals

Early U.S. Patent Model Donated by Homer Blair on Display at UNH Law IP LibraryHomer Blair
Patent
Model

The Effective Exclusion of Computer Scientists under Qualifications Required by the USPTO to Practice Patent Law : Data AnalysisUSPTO
Patent
Data Analysis: Data: Software Patent Attorneys & Patent Bar

Markman Orders Collection - collection of twenty years of Markman OrdersMarkman
Orders
Collection

Copyright Office Board of Appeals DecisionsBlair
User Guide
Series

Quotes on Patent Lawyers - Compiled by Homer BlairHomer Blair
Patent
Quotes

US Supreme Court Patent Law Decsions - Cases, Briefs, & Oral Arguments - ChisumChisum
Patent Law
Decisions

Copyright Office Board of Appeals DecisionsPatent
Searching
Glossary (PDF)

Professor Tom Field Issued Patents (USPTO Examiner)Tom Field
Issued
Patents

Legislative History of the Plant Patent ActPlant Patent
legislative
History

USPTP Patent Viability StudyUSPTO
Patent
Viability Study