What Are Patent Maintenance Fees?

What Are Patent Maintenance Fees?

What Are Patent Maintenance Fees? If you have a utility patent or you’re thinking about getting one, you might have heard about maintenance fees. People often refer to patent maintenance fees as patent renewal fees and patent annual fees. So, what are patent...
Why Do Patents Expire?

Why Do Patents Expire?

If you’ve spent the time and money to make an invention and patent it, you might be wondering: why do patents expire? Why doesn’t the USPTO (The United States Patent and Trademark Office) allow patents to last forever? Patents offer inventors intellectual...
How Does a Utility Patent Work?

How Does a Utility Patent Work?

How Does a Utility Patent Work? A utility patent works by allowing inventors to stop others from using, making, selling, and copying their invention for a limited period of time (20 years). The 20-year patent term starts at the time an inventor files his utility...
Can You Patent a Food Idea?

Can You Patent a Food Idea?

Patents allow inventors of new machines, processes, designs, and compositions of matter to protect their intellectual property (IP) with a patent. So, if you have the best idea for a food, can you patent it? Patents allow inventors to stop others from using, making,...
Can You Sell a Patent?

Can You Sell a Patent?

If you’ve spent the time and money developing and patenting an invention, you might be wondering how to profit from it. Inventors often have a hard time marketing the product or invention they’ve patented, so they explore the options of what they can do...