The Importance of Patents: It Pays to Know Patent Rules.  A patent is an exclusive right granted by a country to an inventor, allowing the inventor to exclude others from making, using or selling his or her invention in that country during the life of the patent.

For those reasons, it’s worth considering whether you can market your new invention in the first place. Many inventors choose to file a Provisional Patent initially, which is a simplified application that preserves the filing date. Then, the inventor has one year to file the full non-provisional application.

A patent is a temporary government-granted monopoly right on something made by an inventor. The historical purpose of the patent system was to encourage the development of new inventions, and in particular to encourage the disclosure of those new inventions.