A patent protects a practical solution to a problem, where the solution is of a technical nature or effect and is reproducible. A patent can protect your invention by making it unlawful for anyone, apart from you or someone with your permission, to produce, use, import or sell it. In other words, it gives you an exclusive right in the country where the patent has been granted for up to 20 years, as long as you pay the renewal fees every year.
It is worth noting that patents are territorial rights. If your patent is granted in Norway, you, the holder, will have rights in Norway only. However, if you want protection in other countries you can apply for a patent in that country or through the European Patent Convention or the Patent Co-operation Treaty.
A granted patent becomes a property, and like any other property you can buy, sell or licence it out. Equally you may be able to buy or licence patents belonging to others.
Note that the invention must not have been publicly revealed before the patent is applied for.
You cannot patent your invention if it falls into the category of:
§ a scientific or mathematical discovery, theory or method;
§ a literary, dramatic, musical or artistic work;
§ a way of performing a mental act, playing a game or doing business;
§ the presentation of information, or some computer programs;
§ an animal or plant variety;
§ a method of medical treatment or diagnosis;
§ anything immoral or contrary to public policy.
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