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Patents are used to protect inventions, preventing the unauthorized use by others of an inventor’s discoveries. Although “mere ideas” are not patentable, patents come closer than any other form of intellectual property except trade secrecy to protecting ideas, because they can protect the essence of a product or manner of […]

Common Intellectual Property Abbreviations and Symbols

The meaning of abbreviations and symbols for Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights, Mask Works & Designs Abbreviation or Symbol Meaning Patent or Pat. Indicates an invention protected by an issued United States patent. A proper patent notice contains one of these listed terms, followed by the patent number. Sometimes the letters “U.S.” […]