IDS Explains What Patents Are and Are Not.
Sometimes prospective inventors get hung up on the concept of patents, and truth be told, there is much misinformation floating around about the topic. Serious inventors need to know what patents are and what they aren’t. Too often, what people know about patents is what they’ve heard from a friend or seen on a television program.
Idea Design Studio (IDS) is available to help inventors through each stage of the inventing process, and believes that a solid understanding of patents is a great place to start.
It is important, say IDS professionals, that patents themselves are not of any real value unless they work to protect you from others who would duplicate your idea. It is also a common misconception that a person can get a patent on an idea or concept. The truth of the matter is that patents can only be acquired for processes, products and machines in most cases.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issues patents for inventions. In most cases, a patent lasts for 20 years from the time it is issued until it expires. What many inventors do not know is that patents issued by the USPTO are only valid within the U.S., according to Idea Design Studio experts.
For many years, there have only been three different kinds of patents, namely, utility patents, which are for inventors who come up with any useful and new process. Secondly, there are design patents. These involve original or new designs for manufactured items. Finally, plant patents are generally given to those who discover or invent a unique variety of plant.
It is important to distinguish between patents, which are what inventors get, and trademarks and copyrights. Trademarks are usually symbols, words or names that enjoy special legal protection. They are very similar to service marks. Copyright protection is obtained by authors in order to protect against infringement. All sorts of things can be copyrighted, like books, articles, musical compositions, plays, films and intellectual works.
Idea Design Studio is a professional firm headquartered in Miami, Florida. The experts on the IDS team assist inventors who want to bring their unique products to market. The company provides a full slate of services for new and experienced inventors.
The entire IDS team of business experts and professional engineers has brought all sorts of products from conception to store shelf.