Introduction to Patent Law

placeholderPatent Law grants an inventor a limited monopoly in order to bring the invention to market. This monopoly is limited to twenty years under the Patent Act. When filing a patent, the inventor must also fully disclose on public file how the invention is made, including drawings and detailed descriptions. Patent law assumes that no invention is truly new. When an invention comes about that is truly new in the universe of ideas, a patent may or may not be the best form of protection for your intellectual property. Your attorney will help you determine whether or not a patent is part of the best legal strategy to protect your invention while delivering it to the market.

Examples of different types of patents include:

  • utility patents
  • design patents
  • plant patents
  • patents for certain types of computer software
  • patents for specific business plans and methods

Contact the Law Office of Robin C May at 859-699-2476 to schedule a complimentary consultation to protect your original, creative work.

This article is part of a series about Intellectual Property Law:

  • Introduction to IP Law
  • Copyright Law
  • Trademark Law
  • Trade Secrets
  • Unfair Competition