What is a Patent?
A patent is a legal document that grants the owner the “exclusive right to prevent others from making, using, offering for sale, or selling the patented invention” for a limited period of time (Cornell Legal Information). All patents are filed federally, regardless of locality, governed under Article I, section 8 of the Constitution of the United States which reads: "Congress shall have power...to promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries" (USPTO).
What Does a Patent Do?
A patent protects your work from being used, manufactured, or sold by anyone other than yourself. When you know you want to protect your investments of time, mental exertion, and skills you know you need a patent. This is your hard-earned intellectual property, protect it.
When filing patents, time is of the essence, and rather than waiting in an endless queue of clients, you need your attorney to be right on the ball. That’s why you want to work with a small business patent attorney to make sure everything is up to snuff and ready to file your application to protect your hard-earned intellectual property.