What You Should Know About Patents in New Jersey

Patents are used as a way to protect ideas and inventions. If you are interested in obtaining a patent, it is in your best interest to reach out to one of our experienced New Jersey patent attorneys to discuss your options.

What is a patent in New Jersey?

A patent is an agreement between you and the government that allows property rights for 20 years from the filing date of the patent application. It is important to understand that patents protect your ideas from others who would like to utilize your creation for their advantage. During the time period of protection, no one may make, use, offer for sale, or sell this invention without consent.

Below are the different types of patents available in New Jersey:

  • Utility patents protect the usefulness of an invention, product, process, or method.
  • Design patents protect the decorative feature or aesthetic value.
  • Plant patents protect a plant that is asexually produced and considered newly discovered.

What is patentable?

Patents were created to promote Congress’ endorsement of the progression of science and useful arts. Patents allow inventors and authors to have exclusive rights. There are several kinds of ideas that can be considered patentable and fall under the definition of utility. Some examples include machinery, processes, man-made products, the composition of matter, and methods.

It is also important to note that there are some items that are not patentable. This involves ideas that are obvious, abstract, laws of nature, and natural phenomena.

How can I obtain a patent?

In order to obtain a patent, you will need to make a novelty search. The novelty search is conducted to see where your patent fits and whether anything like it has already been patented. The next step will be drafting your application. You are able to file a provisional application or a non-provisional application. A provisional application enables you to patent your idea while still working on it. A non-provisional application is usually filed once you have more information. Once your application has been filed, your device can be marked “patent pending” and the U.S. Patent Office will examine your request. If your application is accepted, you will pay insurance fees. These fees will be paid on the 4th, 8th, and 12th years of the patent’s life to guard your rights to the invention.

Do not hesitate to reach our our firm today to speak with one of our skilled patent attorneys about your ideas.

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