A patent grants the right to exclude others from making, using, marketing, selling, offering for sale, or importing an invention for a specified period of time, generally 20 years from the date of filing the patent application.

The United States Patent and Trademark Office issues a patent to an inventor if the invention is useful, novel and nonobvious. In addition, the application itself must conform to specific criteria.

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