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" Life is pretty simple: You do some stuff. Most fails. Some works. You do more of what works. If it works big, others quickly copy it. Then you do something else. The trick is the doing something else."
Leonardo da Vinci


What is a Patent

Basically a patent protects you from someone stealing,
using or profiting from your idea without your permission.

The United States Patent and Trademark Office defines a patent as:
A property right granted by the Government of the United States of America to an inventor “to exclude others from making, using, offering for sale, or selling the invention throughout the United States or importing the invention into the United States” for a limited time in exchange for public disclosure of the invention when the patent is granted."

There are several different types of patents:

Utility patents may be granted to anyone who invents or discovers any new and useful process, machine, article of manufacture, or compositions of matters, or any new useful improvement thereof.

Design patents may be granted to anyone who invents a new, original, and ornamental design for an article of manufacture.

Plant patents may be granted to anyone who invents or discovers and asexually reproduces any distinct and new variety of plant.

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The United States Patent and Trademark Office

See Also (From the USPTO website)
Design Patent
Non provisional Patent Application

Plant Patent
Provisional Patent Application
Reexamination Proceedings
Reissue Application,
Utility Patent

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