Innovation P.I. attorneys makes the federal patent registration process simple and affordable by helping to conduct utility and design patentability searches, drafting drawings, filing provisional applications, draft application amendments, file patent appeals with Patent Trial and Appeals Board (PTAB).
Utility patents protect useful, new, non-obvious inventions e.g., machines, chemical compounds, articles of manufacture, methods for performing tasks, methods for manufacturing products and improvements upon pre-existing technologies. Utility patent protections lasts about 20 years and prevents others from making, using, selling or importing the invention.
Design patents protect the way something looks, as opposed to more commonly known utility patents, which protect the way something is used and works. The USPTO generally grants design patents within a year of the application date. By contrast, a utility patent can take up to several years to be granted. This provides a great advantage to the fast-moving pace of the fashion industry. While utility patents can cost upwards of $10,000, a design patent application and issue fees total approximately $1,300 for a large company and if you’re a small entity the fess are about half of that.