Idea Patenting

A ground-breaking idea can give a twist to your designation. A useful and operative idea can enable you to get a patent unless it is offensive to public morality or is intended for only illegal purposes. And, being an inventor of an innovative idea, you can certainly apply for patent.

A patent is issued to the individual inventor and not to a company. Patent protection is available for any product, process or design meeting certain requirements like novelty, non-obviousness and utility. However, the patent protection lasts for a limited period as described on

Types of Patents

Patents are available in all shapes and sizes. There are three major types of patent and two subtypes of utility and plant patents called provisional and non-provisional. The majority of the patents are designed for non-provisional patents as you can read from

• Utility (Non-provisional) patent

• Design patents

• Plant patents

Provisional patent application – It never becomes a patent itself while it requires the filing of a non-provisional patent application within one 12 months. However, it is only an interim application.

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