Patent Registration in the U.S
The role of the USPTO is to grant patents for the protection of inventions in the United States of America. When the patent expires, the invention is freely available to the public. Patents are not renewable. Under special circumstances, a patent term may be extended.
Patent Application in the U.S
What Types of Patents can be registered in the U.S?
– Utility patents (new process, machine, article of manufacture, or composition of matter, or any new and useful improvement thereof)
– Design patents (new, original, and ornamental design for an article of manufacture)
– Plant patents (reproduction of, distinct and new variety of plants)
Inventors are encouraged to search the USPTO’s patent database to see if a patent has already been filed or granted that is similar to your patent. The official language of an application is English. The Paris Convention allows the owner of a U.S. patent application to file foreign patent applications in Paris Convention member countries within one year following the U.S. filing date.
Approximate Registration Time Table:
The average processing time for patent registration procedure in the U.S is 12 months.
Minimum Filing Requirements:
The applicant (s) details.
Claim: describe the protection scope of the patented technology.
Abstract: provide the outline of the key technical aspect of the patent.
Specification: provide written details and features of the patented technology.
Drawings: illustrate structures or details of the patent.
– Utility patents / Plant patents – the term of the patent is 20 years from the earliest filing date of the application.
– Design patents – 14 year term from the date of grant.