What do utility patents protect?

Utility patents protect the invention of functional objects and processes - including machines, methods, chemical compositions and more. To qualify, the invention must serve a purpose and be new, useful, and non-obvious. You can file a utility patent application by submitting a description of how to make and use the invention, defining claims, and drawings.

Once granted, the utility patent protects anyone else from making, using, selling, or importing your invention for twenty years.

How it's Protected
Excludes others from making, using, selling or importing for 20 years
  • Recognition and prestige as the original inventor
  • Control of licensing or selling your patent
  • Confidence that your invention will not be stolen during negotiations with manufacturers

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Utility Patents protect useful and novel machine, process, manufactured item or composition of matter. Here are a few examples:

A bike (machine)

Manufacturing process

Cleaning supply composition