The United States Patent And Trademark Office

March 19, 2010 | FAQs

Congress established the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO or Office) to issue patents on behalf of the government. The Patent Office as a distinct bureau dates from the year 1802 when a separate official in the Department of State who became known as “Superintendent of Patents” was placed in charge of patents. The […]

Novelty And Non-Obviousness, Conditions For Obtaining A Patent

March 19, 2010 | FAQs

In order for an invention to be patentable it must be new as defined in the patent law, which provides that an invention cannot be patented if: “(a) the invention was known or used by others in this country, or patented or described in a printed publication in this or a foreign country, before the […]

What can be Patented?

March 19, 2010 | FAQs

The patent law specifies the general field of subject matter that can be patented and the conditions under which a patent may be obtained. In the language of the statute, any person who “invents or discovers any new and useful process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter, or any new and useful improvement thereof, may […]

What is a Patent?

March 19, 2010 | FAQs

A patent is the grant of a property right to the inventor, issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Generally, the term of a new patent is 20 years from the date on which the application for the patent was filed in the United States or, in special cases, from the date an […]

Links of Interest

February 1, 2010 | FAQs

United States Patent and Trademark Office U.S. Copyright Office, The Library of Congress European Patent Office Federal Courts U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit World Intellectual Property Organization