Different Kinds of Patents
When looking to protect your company’s intellectual property it is in your best interest to remain mindful of the different mechanisms by which you can do that. Trademarks, patents, and copyrights are the main categories and the familiarity that many individuals have with the process ends there. But when considering a patent filing you will discover that there are in fact different forms of patent protection available for specific aspects of your creation. Choosing the appropriate type of patent will grant you the best security on your ideas and will reduce the likelihood that your application will be rejected.
If your company has an idea or product that you believe makes a substantial improvement on existing examples, then we would encourage you to speak with an experienced attorney. Contact the Des Moines intellectual property lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at (877) 327-2600.
Understanding the Distinctions
The somewhat romanticized notion of the solitary thinker, tinkerer, and mad scientist accidentally stumbling across some wondrous new technological advance could hardly be further from reality. Companies like yours may dedicate substantial resources to the research and development of new products or attempt to make modifications to existing goods so that they may be newly patented. As a result, the issue of a patent’s value and approval often hinges on minor points of art. Here are a few of the different kinds of patent protection available, as described by the United States Patent and Trademark Office:
- Design Patents – for the visual, decorative, or configurative facets such as the shape of a container
- Plant Patents – for the creation or discovery of a new plant variety (bacteria do not count)
- Utility Patents – for the creation of a product or invention that serves an intended purpose
- Business Method Patents – for innovations in how aspects of business are conducted, such as sales techniques or transactional quirks
This is one of the more confusing areas of law, so it is highly advisable for you to seek legal counsel. Contact the Des Moines intellectual property lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at (877) 327-2600.