Types of Patents

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) grants three different types of patents (1) utility, (2) design, and (3) plant. In 2020 the USPTO received 646,244 total patent applications. Approximately 93% of those applications were utility, 7% design, and less than 1% filed for plant patents. What Are the Different Types of Patents? Each…

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How to Get a Patent

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Expert tip:¬†Keep a detailed and dated patent journal throughout the whole inventing process. This journal should include any ideas, improvements, refinements, and co-inventors related to the invention and be kept in a secured, non-public location. These notes may be crucial when writing the patent application and determining who invented what. If you run into any…

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What Is a Patent?

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In 2019 there were 3,224,200 patent applications filed worldwide, 43.4% of which were filed in China. The United States accounted for 19.3% of applications, followed by Japan with 9.6%. The number of patents filed has generally increased over time but fell in 2019 for the first time since the 2008 financial crisis. [1] Purpose of…

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