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Patents

Posted: Jan 20, 2017

What Is a Patent?

  • Grant of property right to inventor, issued by U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
  • Depending on type of patent, term of new patent is from 14 to 20 years from filing date.
  • U.S. patent grants effective only within U.S. and its territories and possessions.

Type of Patent

  • Utility
    Granted to anyone who invents or discovers any new, useful, and "non-obvious" process, machine, article of manufacture, or composition of matter, or any new and useful Granted for 20 years from date of filing.
  • Design
    Granted to anyone who invents a new, original, and ornamental design for an article of manufacture. Granted for 14 years from date patent was granted.
  • Plant
    Granted to anyone who invents or discovers and asexually reproduces any distinct and new variety of plant. Granted for 20 years from date of filing.

Patent Searching

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