An Utility patent, or non-provisional patent, is issued for the invention of a new and useful process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter, or a new and useful improvement thereof. A Utility patent generally permits its owner to exclude others from making, using, or selling the invention for a period of up to twenty years from the date of patent application filing, subject to the payment of maintenance fees. Approximately 90% of the patent documents issued by the USPTO in recent years have been utility patents, also referred to as "patents for invention".
Whether a Utility patent issues depends on the quality of the invention in light of prior art and on the quality of the Utility patent application. In that regard, it is extemely important that a Utility patent application is drafted correctly and professionally and takes into account any prior art. Due diligence requires professional draftsmanship, so contact the Law Office of Sean Christian Connolly for a free phone consultation to personally discuss your Utiltiy patent application needs today.
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