Patent ? What is it ?
Patent is a law ? or Is it an invention?
or different ?
Yes, a Patent is about the invention. Patent law is the branch of intellectual property law that deals with new inventions. Traditional patents protect tangible scientific inventions, such as circuit boards, car engines, heating coils, or zippers. However, over time patents have been used to protect a broader variety of inventions, such as coding algorithms, business practices, or genetically modified organisms.
In general, a patent can be granted if an invention is:
● not a natural object or process;
● useful; and
● not obvious.
Terms to Know
● Application: The collection of documents that must be filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in order to obtain a patent.
● Agent: Someone who is not an attorney, but who is authorized to file patent applications on behalf of inventors.
● Claims: The section of the patent application defines the new and nonobvious part of the invention and the part of the invention that can later be protected.
● Counterpart: A patent application before the USPTO concerning an invention that is already patented in another country. Typically, the same person files both patent applications.
● Infringement: Making or selling a patented device without a license from the patent owner.
● Prior Art: The state of the industry before the patent was filed. Things that are considered prior art are not eligible for patent protection because they are not new.
● Patent Prosecution: The process of applying for and receiving a patent.
● Patent Litigation: The process of defending a patent against infringement.