What kinds of inventions can be protected by a patent?

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Inventions may be granted patent status in any field of technology, from an everyday writing pen to a nanotechnology chip. An invention can be a product – such as a chemical compound, or a process, for example – or it could be a process for producing a specific chemical compound. Many products in fact contain a number of inventions. For example, a laptop computer can involve hundreds of inventions, working together.


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