Patents are a form of intellectual property that protect new and useful machines, articles, substances, or processes through exclusive rights granted by the federal government to their inventors. To receive an invention patent, the inventor must apply to the federal government and, if the invention patent is granted, the government will publish a full description for the invention and its use in the patent disclosure. The term of the patentee's exclusive right lasts for 20 years from the date when the application was filed. Please read on to find a patent attorney, patent lawyer, or to learn more about patent information.

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To market a new product, as an inventor do I need a patent or can I just sell my product under a lic
I have a company that I am working with using a disclosure agreement and they told me that I don't need a patent right away that I can use a licensing agreement if I am going to sell the product. Is it advisable to get a patent first and why does it take 4 to 5 years to get a patent, and do I have to wait that long to do anything with my product.
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