There are plenty of different kinds of patents that inventors will have to choose from when working to patent their ideas. Most inventors are going to be patenting their ideas and products as utility patents. Over 90 percent of the patents that are filed with the United States government are utility patents1. But what is a utility patent, and why is it so popular? Utility patents are patents that are used for nearly any tangible good. This includes processes, machines and the manufacturing of a product. It can also include any changes made to existing patents that improve or noticeably change the product. There are multiple steps to take for those who are looking to get a utility patent. The first step is the provisional application for the patent. The provision application is simply a verbal description of the idea or invention. While it is not the only step that must be taken, it can provide inventors with one year of down-time before they must take the next step. The next step in the process is the non-provisional application. This application requires oaths, drawings and written claims. This portion of the application must be completed within one year of filing the provisional application. Those who fail to do so will lose their patent. There are multiple steps and nuances to the entire utility patent process. The only way to truly get through all of the different steps is to hire a patent attorney. Patent attorneys can help inventors to file their patent. These professionals will be with the inventors every step of the way, guiding them through the patent process. This allows inventors to get the utility patent that they need, and to do so correctly and completely.
1 USPTO. (2000, June 01). "Types of patents." Retrieved from http://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/ac/ido/oeip/taf/patdesc.htm