Best uses for design patents Design patents protect ornamental features. The scope of protection is defined by what is shown in the drawings. In contrast, utility patents protect functional features. The scope of protection is defined by the claims. This distinction is simple to state but the ramifications are significant and sometimes confusing. Inventors will sometimes … [Read more...]
Types of Patents
The types of patents are utility patents and design patents. Utility patents protect functional features. Design patents protect aesthetic features. Utility patents are secured through the filing of a non-provisional patent application which enters the queue for examination or may initial be filed as a provisional patent application.
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A provisional patent application is a lower cost alternative to a non provisional patent application because the provisional patent application has lower minimum requirements than the non provisional patent application. However, when done right, the provisional patent application is not a cheap option or a poor man’s patent as some internet sightings may lead one to … [Read more...]
Basic types of patents Three types of patents are issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. 1. Utility patent; 2. Design patent; and 3. Plant patent (not discussed here). Basic differences between utility and design patents Each of these types of patents cover different aspects of an invention. Utility patents protect functional features. Design … [Read more...]
Provisional patent applications are lower cost, but not cheap Provisional patent applications are frequently misunderstood, and in my opinion, misused. Oftentimes, provisional applications are thought to be the poor man’s patent or the cheap patent. However, the provisional patent application is merely a lower cost option as best described by the United States Patent and … [Read more...]
Non Publication Requests A non publication request is a request by the patent applicant to not publish a non provisional patent application. By default, every non provisional patent application is published 18 months after the filing date of the patent application. The non publication request prevents the publication. Benefit of publication The benefit of publication is … [Read more...]