A patent is a right granted for an invention that offers a new solution to a technical problem, and usually relates to a specific product, process or use.

A patent is acquired by the recognition of a right by the authorised body for granting that right (in the Republic of Croatia, it is the State Intellectual Property Office), on the basis of an examination of the patent application describing the invention.

Patent protection is an effective business tool that enables its holders (owners) to return the funds invested in research and development of new products and technologies, through a kind of monopoly on the use of a protected technical solution during the term of patent protection.



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