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What is...a form of IP that protects what something is or what it does?

A Utility Patent.⠀

A patent is a negative right. In other words, it does not allow you to do anything, but rather it allows you to stop others from making, using, or selling what your patent claims cover without your permission.⠀

A patent might be for a widget or method of making or using a widget, for example.

A patent in the US lasts for 20 years from the date it is first filed.⠀

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