The attorneys at Paul & Paul have decades of experience working with inventors, designers, and businesses who require an experienced patent attorney to make utility patent applications and secure patent protection. With rapid expansion in the invention and development of new products, it is critical for an inventor or business to protect their products and intellectual property.
Acquiring any patent, including a utility patent, can be a complex process. Paul & Paul has a team of lawyers who not only know the patent process but also have extensive backgrounds in a number of industries that gives them unique knowledge about what a utility patent protects, how they are different than design patents, and the other legal services required for protecting your intellectual property.
At Paul & Paul, your utility patent attorney will guide you through the complex process of obtaining a patent for your idea, product, or invention. They will file the utility patent applications, work with the USPTO and ultimately protect you and your business from patent infringement. If you are in need of a utility patent attorney, contact Paul & Paul today for a consultation.
A utility patent is a type of patent that protects the way an invention is used and works. A utility patent can be granted for any new and useful process, machine, article of manufacture, or composition of matter, or any new and useful improvement thereof. This means that a utility patent can cover a wide range of inventions, including machines, devices, software, and chemical compositions, among others.
Utility patents grant the owner the exclusive right to prevent others from making, using, selling, and importing an invention for a period of 20 years from the date of filing of the utility patent application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
To obtain a utility patent, an inventor must file a patent application with the USPTO, which includes a detailed description of the invention and how it works, and how one would use the invention. The application is then examined by a patent examiner to determine if the invention meets the requirements for patentability. If the patent examiner finds the invention to be novel, non-obvious, and useful, the USPTO will grant the patent, and the inventor can then enforce their exclusive rights to the invention.
The time it takes to get utility patents can vary depending on several factors, such as the complexity of the invention, the backlog at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), and whether the utility patent application encounters any legal challenges. On average, it takes around 2-3 years for a utility patent application to be examined and processed by the USPTO.
After filing a utility patent application, the USPTO will conduct an examination to determine if the invention meets the criteria for patentability. This process typically takes around 12-18 months, but it can take longer if the application is complex or if the USPTO has a backlog of applications and what information the USPTO requires.
If the USPTO determines that the invention is patentable, it will issue a Notice of Allowance, which means that the patent will be granted once certain administrative tasks are completed. After these tasks are completed, the USPTO will issue the patent, and the inventor will have the exclusive right to use, sell, and license the invention for a period of 20 years from the date of filing of the patent application.
A utility patent attorney will be your point of contact with the USPTO and will guide you through the process. An experienced utility patent lawyer, such as the ones at Paul & Paul, know what it takes to get your patent granted.
A utility patent and a design patent are two different types of patents that protect different aspects of an invention. Here are some of the main differences between a utility patent and a design patent:
Your utility patent attorney at Paul & Paul will guide you through the patent process and ensure that you are applying for and receiving the patent protection you need.