What rights are conferred by a granted patent?

The scope of protection of a patent document is defined by the claims. Thus, only when the patent is granted, can the definite scope of a patent be assessed. While one can try to envisage what is encompassed by the claims of a patent, the final decision on this is with the court deciding on infringement. In Europe, the description and drawings are taken into account to determine the scope of the claims.

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