Patents are filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The patent office is a government agency and is responsible for examining the applications and for issuing the patents.

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A patent on an invention, design or code gives the patent holder exclusive use of their particular representation of the idea for 20 years, or 14 for a design patent. During this time, no other person can make the same product, or use, sell of import the idea into the United States. Once the USPTO grants a patent, the patent holder is responsible for enforcing his or her own rights.

There are three types of patents—utility, design and plant patents. Utility and plant patents are further broken down into two categories—provisional and non-provisional. Each type of patent has its rules for filing, including how to format the application. Under the September 2011 America Invents Act, the United States will be a first-to-file system by spring of 2013. This makes speed of the utmost importance, and this should always start with filing a Provisional Patent.

Patent law is covered in full under Title 35 of the United States Code and Title 37 of the Code of Federal Regulations. Remember, patent law exists to serve you the inventor. It’s in your best interest to pursue your legal rights to the fullest.    

While it may seem intimidating, Rocket Lawyer can help you get on your way by filing a Provisional Patent Application.

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Get started Create Your Provisional Patent Application Answer a few questions. We'll take care of the rest.