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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 THE PROCESS OF GETTING A PATENT Statistics: Patent is a set of exclusive rights granted by thegovernment to an inventor in exchange for the public disclosure of the invention Copyright gives an inventor of original work exclusive rights with the intention of allowing the creator to get compensated for their work. PROTECTION OF INVENTION VS. PROTECTION OF IDEA ~22 Months for a Patent to be approved Types of Patents: 276,788 Patents Granted (1963-2012) 48% of all Patents have been approved 20 Years of Patent Protection (vs. lifetime + 70 for Copyright) Patent vs. Copyright: Plant Patent"May be granted to anyone who invents or discovers and asexually reproduces any distinct and new variety of plant." Utility Patent"May be granted to anyone who invents or discovers any new and useful process, machine, article or manufacture or compositions of matters, or any new useful improvement thereof." Design Patent"May be granted to anyone who invents a new, original, and ornamental design for an article of manufacture." Have inventor's oath/declaration in the application $$$ Submit application by mail, hand, or online Have appropriate fees in the application Have data sheet in the application Have specifications in the application Patent Application Process: Write up a Confidentiality Agreement if working with others, which serves as a promise that the other person will not steal or share the terms of the invention 3 - 1 - Formulate and submit a patent application ASAP because the process is very lengthy (22 months) 2 - Keep an invention journal to prove ownership if conflict arises in the application process Advice: Provides protection for tangible inventions and not just ideas Prevents others from making, using, or selling your invention 100% Exclusive Rights Benefits:
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