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Patents and Trademark Information: Patents

A helpful guide to Patents and Trademarks!

Some background on the different types of Patents

The patent office handles hundreds of thousands of patents each year.  The most common patents are the utility patent, design patent and the plant patent.  Additionally, the patent office offers a provisional patent for inventors to protect their potential future patents.  

Design Patent

Design Patent for a bottle

Utility Patent

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Plant Patent

Provisional Patent