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Can I still commercialise or use my invention without a patent?



Yes, you can commercialise or use your invention without patent protection. However, once your invention is made known to the public, you may not be able to obtain a patent if you decide to apply for protection later.  It should also be borne in mind that apart from a patent, for certain industries, there may be legislative requirements governing the use of an invention. For example, if your invention relates to a pharmaceutical product, prior permission must be obtained from the relevant health authorities.

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