The invention is flawless. You have masterpiece drawings to illustrate the innovation. A perfect search was performed that indexed every piece of paper in the entire world. The inner workings have been defined, explained, checked and rechecked. Nothing can stop you from obtaining a patent.

You didn’t write the claims? The most important, challenging, and technical aspect of any patent application is drafting the claims that describe in words what is protected. An analogy to claims is a real estate deed. If you own property, your boundary ends at a fixed point. How do you know where? The deed was prepared using land surveys to provide exact feet and inch coordinates of where the property line starts and ends. A patent claim is what sets your invention apart from another idea. An improperly drafted patent claim may give your neighbor a few extra feet of dirt by mistake.

Your patent must explain in clear and precise technical terms exactly what you invented. This determines whether your invention is new and if somebody else has violated your rights, just like a boundary dispute. Learn more from

It is unlikely that you will invent a new product that is so different from what has already been invented that nobody has in the past or will in the future conceive anything even remotely similar to your innovation. The same is true for real estate. Regardless of where you live, there is always land that lies north, south, east, and west of your property (including ocean front residences).

Examples of Patent Types

There are three different types of patents granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office: Utility, Design, and Plant

  • Utility

An example of a utility patent is a tool, lock, engine, telephone, computer, online shopping procedure, video compression, software, medical device, and printer ink cartridge.

Utility patents last for 20 years.

  • Design

This type refers to the ornamental design of a manufactured article (i.e. physical object).

Examples include the iPod, a computer model, automobile shape, bottles, flashlights, and anything else that has a creative look and feel that distinguishes that object from other items.

Design patents last for 14 years.

  • Plant

These patents cover asexually or sexually reproducible plants and last for 20 years.

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