|Monty Hyams (1918-2013): Patent Information Pioneer||home||intro||derwent||personal||downloads||links|
If you have a product or a process that offers a new way of doing something, you may apply for a patent for it.
You give a full description of your method, which is examined by experts at the Patent Office.
If they agree that your work is novel, you are granted a patent.
Then no-one else can use that method without your permission, for which you may charge a fee.
protection typically lasts 20 years.
Thousands of patents are applied for each week.
Even back in 1950 it was many hundreds.