Patent: A property right granted by the Government of the United States of America to an inventor “to exclude others from making, using, offering for sale, or selling the invention throughout the United States or importing the invention into the United States” for a limited time in exchange for making details of the invention public.
There are three types of patents:
There are two types of utility patent applications, provisional and non-provisional.
What is Patentable?
Utility patents are provided for a new, non-obvious, and useful:
Note: In addition to utility patents, encompassing one of the categories above, patent protection is available for (1) ornamental design of an article of manufacture or (2) asexually reproduced plant varieties by design and plant patents.
What cannot be patented:
Inventions which are:
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