While developing PatentSearch.Net I went through a lot of literature and documents. A lot of this was to answer basic questions about patents. Following list contains some of the questions I had to answer before I could develop the library. This was more of a requirement gathering sessions.
There are a lot of other questions that I had to answer. Above list covers lot of basics of patent. When I started working on this library, the first question that I had to answer was, what are different type of patents out there. Once you answer this question, only then you know what all other information you need to provide to file a patent.
In this post I will just answer the question What are different type of patents? As per United States Patent and trademark Office documents, there are following type of application types that you can file.
The three main types that are of great importance are Utility, Design and Plant. When you have to file a patent your application files under one of the categories. As per USPTO official document, these three patent types are defined as follows.
In subsequent posts I will try to explain what these different patents could mean
Information provided in this post is for just informational purposes only. For all legal purposes please consult your IP attorney or consult USPTO documents