Utility patents give their owners exclusive rights to their inventions for a 20-year term, i.e., a patent owner can exclude others from using, making, selling, importing, their patented inventions. Here are some of the steps that may be involved in obtaining an enforceable patent and which we can help with.
Design Patents give similar exclusive rights as a utility patent, but based on the appearance or design of a product, not its functional aspects. Design patents have a term of 15 years. The application consists of various views of the product, and the views could be drawn or photographed. Design patents go through a similar filing, examination and grant process as utility patents. However, design applications typically get approved in half the time or less compared to utility applications. Design patents are also much less expensive than utility patents. To protect a new product for which the inventiveness is mainly in its appearance, design patents can be a valuable, cost effective method of protection. Here are a few other differences between design and utility patents and processes.
Trademarks identify your company as the source of your product so that your customers know they are getting authentic goods with the quality they expect from you. Counterfeiters often try to take advantage of your name recognition, often with much inferior product quality. Trademarks can be words, phrases, logos, even colors or sounds. Registering a mark gives nationwide protection in the country of registration. Trademarks can continue indefinitely as long as they are properly used and maintained. Here are some of the steps that may be involved in obtaining and protecting valuable trademarks.