The types of patents that can be granted

If you believe that you have invented something that will be sought-after in the industry you are operating within, you would be wise to gain a patent. A patent is a type of right that an investor can gain from the government. It allows them to have exclusivity when it comes to manufacturing and selling their new technology for a certain amount of time.

If you are considering applying for a patent for a new type of technology that you have created, it is first important that you understand the basics of patents. To be successful in your application, your patent must fit into one of the following pre-defined categories.

Design patents

Design patents are becoming increasingly popular as the design of new electrical technologies accelerates. Patents can be taken out for the overall design of a product, or for a specific material and the way it is used to achieve a specific design goal.

Utility patents

Utility patents can be granted to newly designed physical machines, but they can also be granted to concepts and processes that streamline a certain manufacturing method. These are the most common type of patent, and it is used in a wide range of industries.

Plant patents

When new plant varieties are obtained through asexual reproduction, it can be possible for the inventor of that plant variety to gain a patent on it.

Successfully obtaining a patent can be key to securing your success as a business. It is important that you take the time to understand patent law, and that you take swift action to secure your patent.

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