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U.S. Patents and Trademarks Office Search Example

Today, over 170 countries grant some type of intellectual property protection, such as patent, design, trademark, and copyright.

Intellectual property law is designed to safeguard creators of intellectual assets, goods, and services, by granting the creators certain time-limited rights to control the use made of these productions. Statutes or laws by the individual countries that grant intellectual property protection establish these rights. The rules and procedures for each country can and do, however, differ. It should be emphasized that patent rights enforcement is up to the owner of the intellectual property and the independent intellectual property laws of the country in which the invention was born. The owner must be his or her own policeman: This is true in every country.


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