What is a utility patent?

What is a utility patent? A utility patent is a patent that protects any “novel” and “non-obvious” useful process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter, or a new and useful improvement thereof. A simple way....

What is a design patent?

What is a design patent? A design patent is a patent that protects any novel and nonobvious ornamental characteristics of an article, such as configuration or shape. A simple way to describe what a design....

What is nonprovisional patent application?

What is nonprovisional patent application? A nonprovisional patent application is a utility patent application that will be examined by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”).  During this process, the nonprovisional patent application could....

What is provisional patent application?

What is provisional patent application? A provisional patent application could be the first step towards being granted patent protection. A provision patent application is a temporary application to “hold your place in line” in terms....

How to patent a name

How to patent a name Unfortunately, patents protect a process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter, not so much names.  Additionally, a design patent protects any novel and nonobvious ornamental characteristics of an article, such....

How to file a patent

How to file a patent First Step The first step to getting patent protection is preparing a patent application. A patent application is a document that outlines and explains an invention. A patent application has....

How to patent a product

How to patent a product There are a few steps to take to obtain patent protection. - First, identify your invention and outline the problems that your invention aims to solve. - Second, ensure that....

How to patent an idea

How to patent an idea While it is not technically possible to patent an idea, there are ways to turn your idea into a patentable invention. One requirement for patentability is “reduction to practice” of....

When does a patent expire?

When does a patent expire? Utility and Design Patents Patent protection is granted for a limited period. For a utility patent, the patent term is 20 years from the filing date of the application. For....