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A patent is a legally enforceable right for a product or a process that provides, in general, a new way of doing something, or offers a new technical solution to a problem. To get a patent successfully, it must be new, useful and inventive or innovative.
A utility model is an exclusive right granted for an invention, which allows the right holder to prevent others from commercially using the protected invention, without his authorization, for a limited period of time. Utility model is similar to a patent. In fact, utility models are sometimes referred to as “petty patents” or “innovation patents.”
Industrial design is a process of design applied to products that are to be manufactured through techniques of mass production. It is applied to a wide variety of products of industry and handicraft items: from packages and containers to furnishing and household goods, from lighting equipment to jewelry, and from electronic devices to textiles.
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  • Electronics
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Mechanical
  • IT/Software
  • Construction
  • Manufacturing
  • Medical equipment
  • Telecommunications
  • Optical technology
  • Food industry
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  • Aeronautical engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Clean technology
  • Defense equipment
  • Nanotechnology
  • Semiconductors
What is a Patent?
A patent for an invention is the grant of a property right to the inventor. Patents are granted for new, useful and non-obvious inventions for a period of 20 years from the filing date of patent application, and provide the right to exclude others from exploiting the invention during that period.
Do I need to hire a lawyer or agent?
The patent application process is complex. If you are ready to apply for a patent, we strongly advise you contact to a registered patent attorney or agent. Only registered attorneys and agents may help others to obtain patents.C&H patent attorneys are here for you with high expertise.
Can I obtain international patent protection for my invention?
There are two treaties that provide for international protection. One is the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property which governs 140 participating countries and the other Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) which governs over 100 member countries. 
How much does it cost to apply for a patent?
The two main costs involved in a patent application would be the official filing fees and your patent agent's fees (if you engage one). The total cost varies from case to case depending on the approach you take and the complexity of the case.C&H offer the most competitive fees with efficient service.
Can I patent an idea of a new invention?
No, an idea of a new invention alone cannot be patented. To qualify for patent protection, an invention has to be applied to a product or process and has to fulfil other criteria such as being new, involving an inventive step and be capable of industrial application.