PatentsPatents protect original inventions, utility models and designs. Patent rights grant a monopoly for the exploitation of that particular invention and so it is extremely valuable and important for the creators of original inventions to gain this protection. It may be necessary to get initial advice on the patentability of new inventions and to establish whether it would be likely to infringe the rights of an existing patented product. Once these initial checks have been completed the registration process can be begun, and such registration can be sought on a national or multi-jurisdictional basis. In order to protect the exclusive to exploit a patent, infringement litigation may well be necessary, and disputes as to the rightful ownership of a patent may well arise between, for example, legal entities and their employees.