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Patent FAQ

For basic information on the patent process, especially that of the United States, we welcome you to the Patent FAQ: the original FAQ on the subject of Patents published on a private site on the Web
  1. Disclaimers and warnings
  2. The Inventor's First Steps to Protecting His Invention
  3. What is a U.S. Patent?
  4. What is a Patentable Invention?
  5. Is a Patent Necessary?
  6. The Patent Process
  7. Patent Practitioners: Attorneys and Agents
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  8. What are the Inventor's Chances of Obtaining Patent Protection?
  9. Patent Fees and Costs
  10. How Long does it take to get a Patent?
  11. Invention Promotion Organizations
  12. Defensive Driving for the Inventor
  13. Minimizing Legal Costs
  14. Where to get More Information
  15. Appendix

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