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An invention or idea could be worth a lot of money. If you have an invention that could take off, you need to take steps to protect your invention from infringement. Before seeking a patent, you need to understand that it is an extensive process that can take years to complete. What’s more, there is a high rate of failure for patent applications. You need an expert’s help if you want to be granted a patent and reap the benefits of your work.
The process of applying for a patent is complicated, so you need to be certain your invention or idea meets the criteria outlined by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. To determine if you are eligible for a patent, you must meet the following criteria:
Agents at the USPTO will make decide whether your patent is approved and they will scrutinize your application carefully. You need to ensure everything is correct on your initial application and you provide all the documentation necessary. Missing information or documents can sink your application, and you have to start over.
Below are a few of the types of patents issued by USPTO:
Design patent– Design patents are issued for new and original ornamental design excluding others from replicating or using the design for up to 15 years.
Plant patent– These patents are issued for a new and unique, asexually produced plant including hybrids, plants, mutants, and seedlings.
Utility patent– A utility patent is issued for a process, machine, material or an object that is useful and is an improvement. A utility patent prohibits anyone else from making or selling the patented invention for at least 20 years. According to the USPTO, 90 percent of the patents they issue each year issue are utility patents.
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