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A patent is a legal document issued by a government which recognizes the inventor or originator of a new product or process.
- The patent owner is granted the exclusive right to manufacture, use, and sell product or process for a designated period of time.
- The document is assigned a patent number by the patent office.
- The term of a new patent is usually 20 years from the date on which the application for the patent was filed.
- There are three types of patents: Utility, Design, Plant.
How to cite Patents
T. Powell, "Reflector assembly for a solar collector," Australian Patent 2015904470, Oct. 30, 2015.
T. Powell, "Reflector assembly for a solar collector," Australian Patent 2015904470, Oct. 30, 2015. [Online]. Available: https://patents.google.com/patent/US9139199B2/en?q=driverless+car&q=USA&language=ENGLISH&after=20141231
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