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FAQ: There is prior art, can I still get a patent?

It depends. The vast majority of inventions are partly old, e.g. the ingenious light bulb below has an old socket. You may get a patent for the novel part of the invention, provided the invention is non-obvious and satisfy other patentability requirements. We can help you with the search and make a patentability determination.

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