Mariana I. Vernieri

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Boca Raton, Florida, USA

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A patent is the right that the government grants to an inventor to exclude others from making, using, offering for sale, or selling the invention in question in said country, for a given period. In the United States, the federal government guarantees this right through a set of laws and rules protected by the Constitution, which in its First Article, Eighth Section, empowers the Congress to promote the progress of science and useful arts by "securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries." The federal agency in charge of receiving applications for patent, examining them and granting the patents is the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), dependent of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

The Government grants an inventor the right to a patent in exchange for revealing all the details about it: what does it exactly consist of, how to manufacture or build it and how to use it. This way, once elapsed the term of the patent, society as a whole is benefited from the invention.

A patent for an invention must not be confused with the right to manufacture, sell or use that invention. The patent provides its owner the power to exclude other people from executing such actions, unless they count with a license or an assignment by the owner. This right lasts for some years - 15 or 20 depending on the type of patent, and with some exceptions and adjustments for various circumstances - after which the invention falls into the public domain.

Counting with a patent is usually an excellent way to obtain competitive advantages and recover the investment which has been made in the development of the invention, since others are prevented from copying the idea and competing against the original inventor. Or if they wish to do so, they must pay the just price for a license or assignment. For this reason, the patent system encourages innovation. Many less companies and people would work on developing new inventions and investing in them if they didn't count on a legal protection which allows them to recover what has been invested and get a profit.  

Patenting in the Unites States

Everything you need to know

What can be patented in the United States?

Utility Patents

Term: 20 years
From $1600 (plus expenses)

Protect your rights over useful and novel inventions of machines, articles of manufacture, processes, or compositions of matter. This is the most frequent type of application, and it refers in general to mechanical inventions with a function, although they can also be chemical, biotechnological, electronic and of other types, as long as they fall within the four categories of subject matter protected by utility patents, mentioned above in bold.

Examples of inventions protected by this type of patents are an engine, a new type of fabric, a can opener, a medication, a plastic bottle, a stapler, detergent, electronic device or an innovative manufacturing process.

Design Patents

Term: 15 years
From $1000 (plus expenses)

Unlike the Utility Patents, which protect the way in which an invention works or what it does, Design Patents protect the way it looks.

It isn't about patenting a design itself, in an abstract way, but that said design must be embodied in some kind of product for it to be patentable. 

It can be, for instance, the design of a desk, some sunglasses, an electric juicer or a bottle.
What is patented through this application is the design embodied in the product and not the product itself. If your product has both an innovative functionality and an original ornamental design, consider applying to both a design patent and a utility one.


Plant Patents

Term: 20 years
From $1000 (plus expenses)

Legal protection for new varieties of plants of asexual reproduction.


Plants that can be patented include: new vegetables, spores, hybrids, mutants, and ornamental variants, provided they have not been found in a natural state but obtained through human intervention. The tubers and plants of sexual reproduction cannot be patented.