What is a Patent?
A patent provides the legal protection necessary to commercialize your invention, giving you the exclusive right in most countries to prevent others from making, using, selling, or distributing the patented invention without the inventor's permission. The grant of patent to the inventor allows the patent owner a chance to recover the research and development costs expended in commercialization of the invention.
CR MILES® experienced attorneys will explain what a patent is, assess your individual and business considerations, and advise you on how to patent your innovations in relation to the advantages of one or more of the various types of domestic and international patent applications. Contact CR MILES to find out more about how to patent your ideas.
United States Provisional Patent Application
A United States provisional patent application allows you to obtain an official filing date from the United States Patent and Trademark Office without a formal patent claim.
United States Non-Provisional Patent Application
A United States non-provisional patent application can be filed to obtain patent protection in new and useful processes, machines, and compositions of matter allowing the inventor to exclude others from making, using or selling your invention within the United States.
United States Design Patent Application
A United States design patent application can be filed to protect the ornamental appearance of an article.
United States Plant Patent Application
A United States plant patent application can be filed to obtain patent protection in asexually reproduced plant varieties or new plant varieties.
Leahy-Smith America Invents Act
The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act of 2011 (AIA) is the first major revision of the patent statute in nearly 60 years. It changes the United States system from a first to invent patent application system to a first inventor to file a patent application system.