"Next came the patent laws. These began in England in 1624, and in this country with the adoption of our Constitution. Before then any man [might] instantly use what another man had invented, so that the inventor had no special advantage from his own invention. The patent system changed this, secured to the inventor for a limited time exclusive use of his inventions, and thereby added the fuel of interest to the fire of genius in the discovery and production of new and useful things."
– Abraham Lincoln
A patent is an intellectual property right granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) that gives the inventor the right to prevent others from making, using, selling or importing the invention in the U.S.
Utility and Plant Patent- expires 20 years after the filing or priority date. Design Patents-Expire 14 years after the patent grant date issued by the USPTO
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No, you must file a patent within one year of any public disclosure or offer for sale. A public disclosure may include trade shows, presentations, websites, brochures, etc. If you are seeking patent protection, it is very important that you consult with an IP expert prior to any public disclosure or offer for sale. Such situations tend to be very fact specific, so if you are unsure about whether you have publicly disclosed your invention, feel free to give us a call for a preliminary analysis of your rights.