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What does patented mean

A patent is an award from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) with a term of 15 years (design patent) to 20 years (utility patent). The patent owner or patentee owns the option to prevent another person or company from making, utilizing or selling the patented product without his or her consent. When accompanied by a patent number, the word “patented” serves to tell the world that the product is covered by a patent and care should be taken before cloning the product. The patent can protect product improvements from the competition, widen exclusivity in that innovation space, and give the patent owner another quill in the portfolio to assert.