A patent includes a description of the invention, a description of existing knowledge and know-how prior to the invention (prior art), relevant schematics and blueprints, as well as the "patent's claims."
The Patent Claims section determines the scope of the protection that it is afforded and it is very important to draft it in a smart way that will provide the broadest possible protection, but without exposing it to invalidation or deletion petitions based on similar prior inventions.
After the patent is registered, the inventor is granted exclusive rights to take advantage of the invention, as of the date on which the application was submitted. As part of these rights, the inventor is entitled to manufacture, sell, and use the invention, and to prevent others from using it. The inventor is also entitled to grant licenses for use of the invention and to require royalties in exchange.
From the moment a patent violation is discovered, the inventor has the right to sue and in appropriate cases, can file a motion for temporary injunctions and other interim relief.