Patents are the licensed protection of an invention, which cannot be made, used or sold by anyone else. This invention must be a novel and inventive product, method or substance.
Anyone that performs the aforesaid actions without the authorisation of the patent owner, will be subjected to patent infringement laws.
Some countries may have various patent applications. For example, China has two kinds of patents, whereby each is designed to entail a different class of invention:
- Invention Patent﹕any new technical solution relating to a product, process or improvement thereof.
Utility Model Patent: a new technical solution relating to the shape, the structure, or their combination, of a product, which is fit for practical use.
The Importance of Patent Applications
The patentee can be a sole supplier of the patented invention
- A third party is permitted to use the patented invention for licensing fees.
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The Advantages of Having a Patent
As our highly esteemed intellectual property agents are sure to explain, having a patent means keeping your inventions safe. A patentee is provided exclusive legal protection from the copy, manufacture or sale of their invention, whereby in the event of any of these activities, the patentee’s permission is lawfully required.
A patent also grants the patentee a pre-determined period, in which their invention is protected, also allowing them to even use their own invention. In addition to the protection of an invention, having a patent also enables an opportunity for greater business revenue as the patentee may also license their patent for others to use or sell.
Whether you’re an individual or a company in China, a patent application proves phenomenal advantages. To find out more about a patent application, speak to one of our intellectual property agents today. Alternatively, you can also fill out our simple online enquiry form here.
|Country||Patent Type||Required Time||Valid Period|
|Hong Kong||Standard (1st stage)||3-6 Months||20 Years|
|China||Invention||30-36 Months||20 Years|
|Utility Model||12-18 Months||10 Years|
|U.S.A.||Invention/ Utility Model||24-30 Months||20 Years|
|Design||10-12 Months||14 Years|
|E.U.||Invention||36-48 Months||20 Years|
|Design||4-6 Months||25 Years|
|Japan||Invention||24-30 Months||20 Years|
|Utility Model||8-12 Months||10 Years|
|Design||15-18 Months||20 Years|
|Korea||Invention||30-36 Months||20 Years|
|Utility Model||12-18 Months||15 Years|
|Design||10-15 Months||20 Years|