The Patent Process3 Easy Steps To Obtain Your Patent
Can I get a patent on my invention?
- First, you should consider the list below of the various types of things for which patent protection may be awarded.
- Second, you should contact my office to set up an initial consultation so that we may discuss in more detail what it is that you wish to patent.
- Third, conducting a patent search to see if patent protection is available, and if so, which type of patent.
What types of patents are there?
The U.S. Government awards three types of patents:
1. Utility patents – protects the “functionality” of an invention in terms of how it works or what task it performs;
2. Design patents – protects the outward ornamental appearance of an object; and
3. Plant patents – protects the species of a particular plant.
What is patentable?
A utility patent is available for a new, useful, and nonobvious:
- Article of manufacture
- Composition of matter
Inventions cannot be patented where they attempt to claim:
- Laws of nature or physics (e.g., gravity)
- Abstract ideas (e.g., time machines or perpetual motion machines)
- Music, Literary, Art, or Dramatic works (these fall under another form of Intellectual Property protection known as Copyrights)