“Patent”, “patent pending”, “pat. pend”. or “pat. pending”. We usually read those phrase on may things but honestly, I don’t understand the meaning of it. All I know is that “no one should copy that product”. But when I saw the infographic below, I started to look for its wider meaning, and now I understand it clearly. I learned that patents have a very great role in the tech industry especially those in the hardware manufacturing. Some people are even earning large amount of money just because they own patents that are used by others. Well, the image below will explain how patents works.