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Intellectual Property (IP): Patents

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What is a Patent?

There are three types of patents:

1) 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;
2) Design patents may be granted to anyone who invents a new, original, and ornamental design for an article of manufacture; and
3) Plant patents may be granted to anyone who invents or discovers and asexually reproduces any distinct and new variety of plant.

United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO): Patent Portal

Patent Quick Links

PatFT  AppFT Patent search

EFS-Web  Forms Patent filing

Private PAIR  Public PAIR Global Dossier Filing status

Pay maintenance fees Pay or look up maintenance fees

PTAB Patent Trial and Appeal Board

Search assignment  Record assignment Search recorded assignment and record ownership changes

MPEP  Classification Guides and manuals

Fees and Payment Pay maintenance fees and learn more about filing fees and other payments

Systems status Current and planned system outages

Google Patents Search

Understanding Patents on an International Scale

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