The firm can assist you with pursuing utility, design or plant patent protection in almost any technological art both domestically and internationally, as well as with patentabilty opinions, patent validity and infringement analyses, and licensing and enforcing your patent rights.
Some people confuse patents, copyrights, and trademarks. Although there may be some overlap among these kinds of intellectual property protection, they are different and serve different purposes.
What is a Patent?
A patent for an invention is the grant of a property right to the inventor, issued by the US Patent Office. US patent grants are effective only within the US, US territories and US possessions. A patent grants the patent owner the exclusive right to make, use and sell the patented invention.
There are three types of patents:
One may get a utility patent for any o new and useful process (ex., how to make an aluminum can), o machine (ex., the aluminum can making machine), o article of manufacture (ex., the aluminum can) o composition of matter (ex., a metal alloy, such as steel), or o any new and useful improvement thereof (ex., a pop-top versus a pull-tab aluminum can).
One may get a design patent for any new, original and ornamental design for an article of manufacture (ex., silverware pattern).
One may get a plant patent for any distinct and new variety of plant, which is asexually reproduced, including cultivated spores, mutants, hybrids, and newly found seedlings, other than a tuber propagated plant or a plant found in an uncultivated state (ex., a newly grafted rose plant).
Patent grants are for a limited term and once the term is expired, anyone is free to make, use or sell the subject invention of the patent. In the US, patent terms are 20 years from the application filing date for a utility or plant patent and 14 years from the patent issuance date for a design patent.
The right conferred by the patent grant is, in the language of the statute and of the grant itself, "the right to exclude others from making, using, offering for sale, or selling" the invention in the United States or "importing" the invention into the United States. What is granted is not the right to make, use, offer for sale, sell or import, but the right to exclude others from making, using, offering for sale, selling or importing the invention.