These days, a lot of people think that patents are in direct connection with inventions. Given that this is likely true, another thing about patents is that they are granted for a wide variety of creations — from an ornamental design to a specific hybrid plant.
With this in mind, it is indeed true that patents are an essential factor in any product, most especially if it is a newly created or recently discovered one.
However, what is patent and how does it work?
In general, a patent is a kind of intellectual property that gives the owner the legal right to exclude other individuals and corporations from making, using, selling, and importing an invention for a number of years. In return, this will result in enabling public disclosure of that certain invention — whether it may be a product or a service.
Simply put, this means that anyone who has a patent on the latest product or a new service that is invented of a certain individual, company, or organization has the sole property of it for a period of time.
In terms of getting a patent or an invention, anyone — from both natural persons and corporate entities — may apply for its patent or ownership. From there, the owner of it has the power to assign the successor of the invention to be the next proprietor. However, do remember that a single invention can be owned by more than one individual. As a result, this can immensely affect the extent to which each owner can exploit that creation’s patent. In addition to these inclusions, the proprietors have also the ability to obtain or sell them to third parties if they want to. This then will give the third parties to have the same rights to avert others from utilizing these inventions.
Now, you may think that patents are very similar to copyrights. But, this is not the case. Having copyright to a certain product, service, or idea does not fully protect it — hence, it only protects in which how these new creations are presented to the public. Unlike patents, it enables the owner to protect everything and own it for as long as he/she wants. However, getting a patent on something is a much trickier method than copyrighting it. In fact, patents are indeed the most complicated and restrictive kind of intellectual property there is now. In order to patent something, there is a series of steps that one needs to do — which are as follows:
Now that we have already established these steps in order for something to be patented, one should also know that there are several types of patents namely utility patents, design patents, and plant patents.
A utility patent is the type of patent that greatly covers the creation of a new or improved and useful product, service, or process. This patent strictly prohibits other individuals or companies from making, using, or selling this invention without any authorization from the owner. However, do keep in mind that this kind of patent may be granted to anyone who invents or discovers any latest and functional product, service, or process.
On the other hand, a design patent is the type of intellectual property wherein it allows an inventor or creator to fully protect the unique visual qualities of a specific manufactured item. In simple terms, a design patent greatly provides protection for a creation’s ornamental design that has a practical utility. Just like a utility patent, this kind of patent may also be granted to anyone who invents an original and ornamental design for a certain piece of manufacture.
Last, but definitely not the least, a plant patent is the type of patent that is only granted to individuals who have created, invented, or discovered a new and distinct, asexually propagated plants. Additionally, it protects the right for a new and unique plant’s main characteristics from being copied, used, or sold by other people. Similar to the two previous patents, a plant patent may be granted to anyone who created and asexually reproduces any new and distinguishable variety of plants.
For any patents to be effective, one should need to apply for the invention’s patent within one year of its commercial use of the product, service, or process. When the patent is already approved, then it is the right time that the invention is placed and be made available on the market.
With all this information, patents are considered as one of the important factors to consider when it comes to protecting any kind of invention from an individual, group, company, or organization. This way, you are sure that no one will copy and steal a wonderful and useful creation.
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Tangent Solutions offers patent work to individuals, companies, and organizations that want to protect their ownership of a product, service, or process for a long time. We make sure that your latest creation and innovations will be protected and patented. Additionally, we also make it known to the public that you are the proprietor of that invention by making it searchable and visible to patent search queries — just to make sure that no one will copy and get your creation from you.
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