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Provisional Patent Applications: What You Need To Know, Part 12

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.

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