When a business or individual develops a new process or idea it is important that they file for a Patent. By having a Patent the owner will have the exclusive use of the invention which will protect them from others trying to use it, sell it, make it, or offer it for sale. In simple terms, having a Patent gives the owner a monopoly for a set period of time. There are several different types of Patents with different protection periods. Due to the complexities of Patent Law it would be wise to seek the guidance of an experienced West Palm Beach Patent Attorney.
The most common type of Patent that The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issues is the Utility Patent. A Utility Patent protects the owner of an invention of a new and useful process, a composition of matter, a manufacture, or a machine. It has a period of protection for up to twenty years from the date of the original Patent application. A Utility Patent is sometimes referred to as a Patent for Invention.
Our intellectual property lawyers also handle Design Patents. The USPTO would issue a Design Patent for a new, original, and ornamental design that is embodied in an article of manufacture. This type of Patent is currently valid for up to 14 years. There is a strong possibility that the USPTO may change the time of protection in the near future.
The third most common type of Patent that the USPTO issues is a Plant Patent. This type of Patent is issued when a new and distinct, invented or discovered asexually reproduced plant. This can include the following; newly found seedlings, cultivated sports, mutants, and hybrids.
The application for a Patent is a complex process that should be handled by a law firm that has experience in dealing the USPTO. We are available to meet with you by appointment in our West Palm Beach office. Call us today to see how we can help you with your Patent.