In the U.S., a patent is a way to prevent others from using, making, selling, offering to sell or importing your invention in the U.S for a limited time. The attorneys at PSED have experience counseling their clients on how to prepare, file and prosecute a U.S. patent application.
There are three types of patents available in the U.S. Utility patents are the most common and are used to protect the functional aspects of an invention. Design patents are often used in combination with a utility patent and protect the ornamental features, or the aesthetic, nonfunctional part of the invention. Lastly, plant patents are available for those who have invented or discovered and asexually reproduced a distinct and new variety of plant.
Patent protection is a very valuable asset and provides the inventor with an enforceable right for a long period of time. The process is very technical and failing to take the proper precautions can result in a potentially lucrative idea being deprived of some, if not all, of its protection. Consulting with a registered patent attorney or agent before starting the application process is recommended to give you the best chance of receiving a quality patent.
If you are interested in obtaining a patent on your idea or have questions about patents, please contact the attorneys at PSED Law at (734) 665-4441.