Patents 101 - The Basics Of Patent Applications

Patents 101 - The Basics Of Patent Applications: "Patents 101 - The Basics Of Patent Applications
by Paul Johnson
A patent is an official document given by a national
government to an inventor (or business or corporation) who
wishes to have sole rights over a product for a limited
amount of time. Once the patent is granted, no one else has
the right to make, sell, market, or profit from the

In the United States, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
(USPTO) allows inventors and patent owners (including
businesses and corporations) to protect their products and
identification from others. Information can be found at

Not just anything can be patented. In fact, obtaining a
patent may prove difficult given the necessary paperwork,
research and signatures needed. In order to obtain one, the
invention has to be brand new. This new invention has to
also be useful, original, and not easily created. In the
United States, these products might be machines,
compositions or methods, and manufactured products. Ideas
cannot be patented, nor can products that have been
'improved' or which have 'changed' in size.

Plant patents, which protect non-pollinating plants,
utility patents that protect regular, new inventions, and
design patents, which protect the look or creativity of a
tangible product, are examples of the types of patents that
exist under the USPTO.

Patents give an inventor or business corporation the legal
right to own their invention. This means the patent holder
now has a legal monopoly and can do with it, what s/he
desires for the life of the patent. U.S. patents are good
for twenty years from the date the patent was re"