This guide is intended to provide an overview of the Patent and Intellectual Property material available through the D'Azzo Research Library. If you are interested in a more in-depth survey of Patent material, I will be happy to meet with you and discuss our material in greater detail. Please contact me and make an appointment at any time convenient for you.
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Patents: A Basic Description
A patent is a legal document that provides the patent holder with legal protection, for a limited time, to the subject matter described in the patent. The patent holder is allowed to exclude others from making, selling, using, or importing anything that is within the scope of protection granted by the patent. Patents are issued by the Patent Office of a country -- in the United States, this is the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Patents can be granted to either a firm or an individual, and are enforced by the patent holder, not the Patent Office.
Patents can be one of three types: utility patents, design patents or plant patents.
Utility Patents normally fall into one of four classes:
Design patents cover a single ornamental design in each application. The ornamental design may be:
(If a design patent is for just surface ornamentation, the design patent application must show the design applied to an article in the drawings, and the article with the design applied must be shown in broken lines, as it is not itself a part of the claimed design.)
A plant patent is granted to an individual or firm who has invented -- or discovered and asexually reproduced -- a distinct and new variety of plant.
What makes something "patentable"?
Both "Novelty" and "Ingenuity" are judged against what is publicly known before the invention, as shown by earlier patents and other publications. This is called "prior art", and is cited in the patent to justify its unique status.
eJournals and eBooks of Interest: