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What are Patents?

Intellectual Property Corporation of Malaysia (MyIPO)

Definition of patent

A patent is an exclusive right granted for an invention, which is a product or a process that provides a new way of doing something, or offers a new technical solution to a problem.

Definition of utility innovation

A utility innovation is an exclusive right granted for a “minor” invention which does not require to satisfy the test of inventiveness as required of a patent.

Why are patents useful?


  • Learn about the most recent advancements in a field.
  • Gain access to information that is not otherwise available.
  • Research competitive product information.
  • Locate comprehensive technical information about a product, such as drawings and schematics.


  • Protect your intellectual property.
  • Keep your research and development efforts original.
  • Spot emerging technological or product development trends early on.
  • Compute the impact of the research.


  • Protect your intellectual property and facilitate new knowledge.
  • Determine whether an innovation or invention is patentable.
  • Avoid infringement by locating patents that are protected.

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