Intellectual property: the basics

Patents

Patents are a valuable form of intellectual property, and like all property, you should protect them. If you have a patent and someone uses it without permission, you have the right to claim for compensation.

Applying for a patent can be complicated, and some products need to be protected by a number of different patents. You may need to use a patent agent to help present the application and make sure you are not infringing anyone else's intellectual property rights.

For more information, see our guide on how to get patent protection for your business.

You may be able to use someone else's patent with permission.

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