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ESC101: Praxis I

Patents

A patent is protection granted by a national government for an invention. This protection excludes others from making, using or selling an invention for a period of up to 20 years. Many drug companies and university researchers seek patent protection to recover research and development costs for patents related to specific genes and proteins, laboratory techniques and drugs.

For more information on patents use the guide below.

Below are some websites to help start your patent search: