Utility Patents

Utility Patents

Utility patents protect the way inventions work and the manner in which inventions are used. Utility patent protection extends to new and useful processes, machines, articles of manufacture, and compositions of matter, as well as improvements thereof. The owner of a utility patent has the right to prevent others from making, using, or selling the invention. Out of the three (3) patent types (utility patents, design patents, and plant patents), utility patents are by far the most common. For this reason, utility patents are often referred to as “patents for invention” or, simply, as “patents.”
In the United States, a utility patent has a term of twenty (20) years from its earliest effective filing date. In addition to a utility patent, a design patent may be obtained to protect the ornamental appearance or design features of the same invention.
To learn more about utility patents, or to proceed with a utility patent application, please contact the Firm by e-mail, telephone, or facsimile. We look forward to the opportunity to be of service to you.

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