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What Is a Patent? is pleased to present this information about "What Is a Patent?". This is the same information as provided by the USPTO for inventors, entrepeneurs and prospective patentholders as of our last update on 01/28/08.
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"What Is a Patent?" patent information

"A patent for an invention is the grant of a property right to the inventor, issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Generally, the term of a new patent is 20 years from the date on which the application for the patent was filed in the United States or, in special cases, from the date an earlier related application was filed, subject to the payment of maintenance fees. U.S. patent grants are effective only within the United States, U.S. territories, and U.S. possessions. Under certain circumstances, patent term extensions or adjustments may be available.

The right conferred by the patent grant is, in the language of the statute and of the grant itself, "the right to exclude others from making, using, offering for sale, or selling" the invention in the United States or "importing" the invention into the United States. What is granted is not the right to make, use, offer for sale, sell or import, but the right to exclude others from making, using, offering for sale, selling or importing the invention. Once a patent is issued, the patentee must enforce the patent without aid of the USPTO.

There are three types of patents:....1) Utility patents may be granted to anyone who invents or discovers any new and useful process, machine, article of manufacture, or composition of matter, or any new and useful improvement thereof;....2) Design patents may be granted to anyone who invents a new, original, and ornamental design for an article of manufacture; and....3) Plant patents may be granted to anyone who invents or discovers and asexually reproduces any distinct and new variety of plant."

Source: USPTO - This information on "What Is a Patent?" is current as of: 01/28/08


1. What Is a Patent?
2. What Is a Trademark or Servicemark?
3. What Is a Copyright?
4. Patent Laws
5. What Can Be Patented
6. Conditions For Obtaining A Patent
7. The United States Patent And Trademark Office
8. Attorneys and Agents
9. Disclosure Document Program
10. Who May Apply For A Patent
11. Non-Provisional Application for a Patent
12. Provisional Application for a Patent
13. Publication of Patent Applications
14. 1.84 Standards for Drawings
15. Issue of Patent
16. Maintenance Fees
17. Correction of Patents
18. Infringement of Patents
19. Design Patents