Patents relate to how things work, not their appearance. Inventions include devices, methods and systems, including computer software. A patent relates to how an idea is implemented in practice, not the idea itself. To be protected under a "Standard Patent" an invention needs to be both novel (new) and inventive or, in the case of an "Innovation Patent", novel and innovative.

An Innovation Patent has a maximum duration of 8 years, subject to payment of renewal fees. A innovation patent requires an invention to be novel and "innovative". This requirement is lower than required for a standard patent.

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