A patent gives its holder an exclusive right over their invention for a period of twenty years. This right of exclusivity represents a real monopoly which, on many occasions, acquires considerable economic significance. It is precisely the economic value of this monopoly which enables the patent holder to recoup the investment made to develop a new product or new procedure.
However, the cost of obtaining a patent can be quite substantial, particularly if protection is requested in several countries.
To alleviate this financial burden, which is considerable during the first years of the patent application process, the holder may request any of the grants and subsidies offered by the different public administrations. Most of this assistance forms part of larger programmes for the promotion of a specific economic sector or assistance for the internationalisation of companies based in a specific region.
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