What is a patent?
A patent is an exclusive right accorded by society to an inventor to exploit his or her invention commercially.
Patents are also a useful tool to gain access to the latest technical information, as they give a picture of what is going on in research and development worldwide. Patents also give you access to the history of technology.
Do not reinvent the bicycle
You can find bicycles invented by others in our patent databases. Have a look at them first before thinking up improvements to your own – you might save money and speed up your R&D process.
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