Patent law

A patent is a set of exclusive rights granted by a state to an inventor or his assignee for a fixed period of time in exchange for a disclosure of an invention. The procedure for granting patents, the requirements placed on the patentee and the extent of the exclusive rights vary widely between countries according to national laws and international agreements. Typically, however, a patent application must include one or more claims defining the invention which must be new, inventive, and useful or industrially applicable. In many countries, certain subject areas are excluded from patents, such as business methods and mental acts. The exclusive right granted to a patentee in most countries is the right to prevent or exclude others from making, using, selling, offering to sell or importing the invention.

Patent styrelsen

Patent- og Varemærkestyrelsen er en del af Økonomi- og Erhvervsministeriet. Det er styrelsens formål at fungere som center for strategisk information og beskyttelse af teknik og forretningskendetegn. De udsteder patent- og designrettigheder samt registrerer varemærker og brugsmodeller. På baggrund af den store informationsmængde de har til rådighed, yder de erhvervsservice i form af let tilgængelige informationer, konkrete opgaveløsninger, målrettede kurser og internationalt samarbejde, herunder systemeksport. De er en brugerfinansieret statsvirksomhed. Det betyder, at de ikke er finansieret over skatten, men får dækket deres omkostninger af brugerbetaling for deres produkter og ydelser.