A patent is a right the government gives an inventor to prevent others from making, selling, using, or importing their claimed invention for a certain number of years.
You must file a patent application that discloses and claims your invention with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to procure a patent.
There are three types of patents
protect how an invention functions
protect the ornamental elements of a product. Depending on your invention, you may need both a utility patent and a design patent.
protect distinct and new varieties of plants.
Not everything can be patented.
An invention must meet several criteria to be patentable:
It must be novel
It must be useful
It must be nonobvious.