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Patents are very complicated, so be prepared

A couple of months ago, we wrote a post about trade secrets and businesses. Trade secrets are vital pieces of information that can make or break a company's future. Along the same lines as a trade secret, patents can dramatically impact the future of a company. A patent legally protects a non-obvious and new invention from other individuals and companies who would copy your idea and use it for their own gain.

The patent application process can take some time, but if you are granted a patent you have a wide array of legal protections that you can use to safeguard your business. Patents also come in three types. There are design patents which protect the surface ornamentation and overall design of a product (such as the curvature of a particular cellphone). There are utility patents, which cover manufacturing process, process in general, and the composition of matter. And then there are plant patents, which, as you might expect, cover new plants.

Though patents are very helpful and massive boon for any inventor or business, they also exist in a complicated realm of law. If a business is looking to apply for a patent, then it is in their best interest to discuss these matters with an experienced attorney.

Remember that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office reviews the applications for a patent. It can take a long time to hear about a patent. Sometimes a business or individual applies for a provisional patent, which can give them time to fully prepare what it is, exactly, that they are patenting.

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