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What Is A U.S. Utility Patent Application?

  • A U.S. Utility patent application is an official request for a U.S. utility patent.

A U.S. utility patent application is an official request for the U.S. government to grant you the right to exclude others from practicing your invention for the life of any patent that issues from your U.S. utility patent application. Basically, the U.S. government wants to encourage inventors to innovate and publicly disclose new inventions. In exchange for your teaching the public how to make and use your invention, the U.S. Government may grant you a U.S. patent that will allow you to sue others for making, using, selling, offering for sale, or importing your claimed invention without your permission.

There are three types of U.S. patents. A utility patent protects functional inventions. Design patents protect the non-functional appearance of inventions. Plant patents protect new plants that you discover or invent.

Provisional Patent Applications
1. Provisional Patent Applications: What You Need To Know, Part 1
2. Provisional Patent Applications: What You Need To Know, Part 2
3. Provisional Patent Applications: What You Need To Know, Part 3
4. Provisional Patent Applications: What You Need To Know, Part 4
5. Provisional Patent Applications: What You Need To Know, Part 5
6. Provisional Patent Applications: What You Need To Know, Part 6
7. Provisional Patent Applications: What You Need To Know, Part 7
8. Provisional Patent Applications: What You Need To Know, Part 8
9. Provisional Patent Applications: What You Need To Know, Part 9
10. Provisional Patent Applications: What You Need To Know, Part 10
11. Provisional Patent Applications: What You Need To Know, Part 11
12. Provisional Patent Applications: What You Need To Know, Part 12
13. Provisional Patent Applications: What You Need To Know, Part 13
14. Provisional Patent Applications: What You Need To Know, Part 14
15. Provisional Patent Applications: What You Need To Know, Part 15
16. Provisional Patent Applications: What You Need To Know, Part 16
17. Provisional Patent Applications: What You Need To Know, Part 17
18. Provisional Patent Applications: What You Need To Know, Part 18
19. Provisional Patent Applications: What You Need To Know, Part 19
20. Provisional Patent Applications: What You Need To Know, Part 20
21. Provisional Patent Applications: What You Need To Know, Part 21
22. Provisional Patent Applications: What You Need To Know, Part 22
23. Provisional Patent Applications: What You Need To Know, Part 23
24. Provisional Patent Applications: What You Need To Know, Part 24
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