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Updated:2017-9-22 10:31:25    Source:www.tannet-group.comViews:219

A US patent is a grant of a property right to the inventor, issued by USPTO (the United States Patent and Trademark Office). Applying for a US patent is a very effective way to protect your intellectual property right.

1. What Types a US Patent has?
A. Utility patents may be granted to anyone who invents or discovers any new and useful process, machine, article of manufacture, or composition of matter, or any new and useful improvement thereof;
B. Design patents may be granted to anyone who invents a new, original, and ornamental design for an article of manufacture;
C. Plant patents may be granted to anyone who invents or discovers and asexually reproduces any distinct and new variety of plant.

2. Who can Apply for a Patent?
According to the US Patent Law, the inventor, or a person to whom the inventor has assigned or is under an obligation to assign the invention, may apply for a patent, with certain exceptions. If two or more persons make an invention jointly, they apply for a patent as joint inventors.

3. How to Apply
1. To determine if your invention is patentable
2. To confirm the type pf patent you apply
3. To prepare the documents
4. To submit the initial application
5. To wait for feedbacks from examiner
6. To get your application approved
7. To maintain your patent

4. Validity Term for a US Patent
Generally, the term of a new patent is 20 years from the date on which the application for the patent was filed in the United States or, in special cases, from the date an earlier related application was filed, subject to the payment of maintenance fees. U.S. patent grants are effective only within the United States, U.S. territories, and U.S. possessions.

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