Example of a Utility Patent figure. Photo by  Michael Neubert  /  CC BY 4.0

Example of a Utility Patent figure. Photo by Michael Neubert / CC BY 4.0

Utility patent

A utility patent is the type of patent people think of when they hear the word "patent." This type of patent protection gives the patent holder the right to exclude others from manufacturing the patented invention. Utility patent protection is the strongest type of patent protection, as well as the most expensive to obtain. A utility patent lasts for 20 years from the date of filing. I can help you through every step of obtaining utility patent protection, and help you protect your hard-earned rights. More information regarding utility patents may be obtained here

 
Design Pat. No.  253,711  for "Toy Figure." 

Design Pat. No. 253,711 for "Toy Figure." 

Design patent

A design patent protects the ornamental characteristics of an object, but not the functional ones. Design patents allow the patent holder to exclude others from making or using the design. This type of protection is cheaper to obtain that a Utility Patent, and lasts for a term of 14 years from the date of publication.  I can help you through every step of obtaining design patent protection, and help you protect your hard-earned rights. More information regarding design patents may be obtained here

Photo by  gadgetdude  /  CC BY 4.0

Photo by gadgetdude / CC BY 4.0

Plant patent

Plant patents protect a new, asexually-reproduced, non-tuber propagated plant species. Protection is not available for plants which are uncultivated. The term of a plant patent is the same as a utility patent, or 20 years from the date of filing. I can help you through every step of obtaining plant patent protection, and help you protect your hard-earned rights. More information regarding plant patents may be obtained here

 
 

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Trademarks

Trademark law protects a word, color, or other symbol which has come to designate a particular source or origin of goods or services. The word or symbol must be used in commerce, or the person seeking registration must have a bona fide intent to use the mark. Trademark rights last as long as the mark is being used and the proper maintenance documents are filed.  I can help you through every step of obtaining trademark protection, and help you protect your hard-earned rights. More information regarding trademark protection may be obtained here