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Patents are one type of Intellectual Property. Others include: trademarks, designs, copyright, circuit layout rights, plant breeder's rights and confidentiality/trade secrets.
"A patent is a right granted for any device, substance, method or process which is new, inventive and useful. A patent is legally enforceable and gives the owner the exclusive right to commercially exploit the invention for the life of the patent."
Patents are a primary source of technical and detailed information including drawings and diagrams. 80% of patent literature is not published in any other form.