The Basics of Patents

If your business model is based on your idea for a new kind of product, a new method for completing a task, or an original improvement on an older device, it is important to get a patent for your invention. A patent is a document that will protect your business from competitors who may try to profit from your ideas. In the United States, all patents are overseen by the US Patent and Trademark Office.

Unfortunately, protecting your intellectual property from others is not always an easy undertaking. If you have any questions about the patent application process, or if you need assistance protecting your company from patent infringement, call your Iowa lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. today at (515) 705-0233.

What Is a Patent?

A patent is a document issued by the government that grants you the sole right to create, use, sell, or import your invention. This invention may be a new chemical combination, a certain recipe, a device, a process, or an improvement on an old item. The typical patent will expire in 20 years, at which point you will need to file to have it renewed.

How Do I Get a Patent?

To patent your invention, you will need to file an application with the Patent and Trademark Office. There are different applications for patents on utilities (machines), designs, and new breeds of plants. In order to obtain a patent, you will need to demonstrate the following:

  • Your invention is useful in some way
  • Your invention is a new innovation
  • You have already created the invention or a prototype (you cannot patent a mere idea or plan)

These are the basics for a patent; depending on your business model and location, you may need additional information while completing your application. Our Iowa patent law attorneys can help you avoid common mistakes and pitfalls while pursuing a patent for your creation.

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Your Iowa lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. work hard to help our clients achieve success. Contact our offices today at (515) 705-0233 to learn more about how we can help you.

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