A patent is a right granted to an inventor by the federal government that permits the inventor to exclude others from making, selling or using the invention for a period of time. The patent system is designed to encourage inventions that are unique and useful to society. There are three different kinds of patents: utility patents, design patents and plant patents. Utility patents are granted to new machines, chemicals, and processes. Design patents are granted to protect the unique appearance or design of manufactured objects, such as the surface ornamentation or overall design of the object. Plant Patents are granted for the invention and asexual reproduction of new and distinct plant varieties, including hybrids. Our attorneys have extensive experience procuring utility and design patents.