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Patent Law

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


Utility Patents

protect how an invention functions


Design Patents

protect the ornamental elements of a product. Depending on your invention, you may need both a utility patent and a design patent.


Plant Patents

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.

John Laurence provides expertise in all matters relating to the drafting, filing, prosecution, and defending of patents. For more information, please contact us.

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