Patents

Patents are critical for protecting inventions and designs. Learn how and when to file one, read success stories from fellow inventors, and more.

What Is a Patent, and How to Use It

A patent is an exclusive right that prevents anyone else from using your invention for a set period of time. Learn more about patents here.

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Can you patent an idea?

Under U.S. law, you cannot patent an idea. Understanding how the law differentiates ideas from inventions is a great way to learn some of the core…

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Trademark and patent scams: What to watch out for

'Guaranteed patent or your money back!' 'Renew your trademark for half the government filing fees!' 'Make millions with your invention!' Sound…

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How to file a patent

Before you can profit from your invention, there are several steps to take to get the right kind of protection you need. Find out how you file a…

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The reality of protecting your company's secrets

Patents are the building blocks of innovation. But there are a lot of things a patent can't do.

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How to get a patent in 5 steps

Applying for a patent is a long and sometimes complex process, but the process can be broken down in these five steps. Find out how to get started…

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What Are the Different Types of Patents?

An inventor who knows about patents and understands the best way to use them has a huge advantage in protecting their invention.

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How to Protect Your Intellectual Property

Learn how to protect your intellectual property rights—from copyrights to patents.

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Intellectual Property Assignment: What It Is and How to Make One

Just as with buying and selling physical property, transferring the ownership of intellectual property is an important part of doing business.…

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Can You Patent Your Mobile App?

Protect your intellectual property by applying for a patent at the right time and with the right details about your unique app.

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