Business Litigation

What Are the Different Types of Patents?

Patents are designed to protect inventions and new discoveries. A caveat to these inventions and discoveries is that they must be new, useful, and “non-obvious.” These may seem like relatively vague terms, but they do have specific meetings when it comes to federal patent protection law. There are three main types of patents that are available under federal law in the United States. Here, we want to give a brief explanation of each while also...
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What Is a Design Patent?

Patents provide protection to inventors of new, useful, and non-obvious products or designs by preventing others from using, making, or selling the invention for a certain amount of time after the patent is issued. There are three main types of patents issued in the United States – a design patent, a utility patent, and a plant patent. Here, we want to discuss what a design patent is and how a person can go about filing...
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What Is a Plant Patent?

Patents are important to ensure that individuals continue to strive to create new, useful, and non-obvious inventions in the United States. A patent is what officially protects an inventor by preventing anyone else from using, making, or selling the invention for a certain period of time after the patent is issued. There are three types of patents available in the United States - design patents, utility patents, and plant patents. Here, we want to discuss...
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What Is a Utility Patent?

Patents are incredibly important in the United States and internationally. A patent protects the inventors of new items by preventing others from making, using, or selling the invention for a specified amount of time. There are three main types of patents available in the United States - utility patents, design patents, and plant patents. Here, we want to delve into the specifics of what a utility patent is. The Basics of a Utility Patent A...
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How Long Does Copyright Protection Last?

Copyright protections exist to protect the rights of creators of new and original works. A copyright means that the original creator of the work (or their agent) is the only one allowed to distribute, display, reproduce, make derivatives of, or perform their work in public. There are various types of works that can be copyrighted under U.S. law. This includes the following: Literary works Musical works Dramatic works Pantomimes and choreographic works Pictorial, graphic, and...
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