FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT IS A PATENT?
A patent is a property right granted by a government that provides an inventor or assignee the right to exclude others from making, using, selling, offering to sell, or importing a claimed invention for a limited time. Subject to a few exceptions, a patent is available for any product or process that is useful, new, and non-obvious.
WHAT IS A TRADEMARK?
A trademark is a word, phrase, design, or combination used to identify and distinguish a source of a product of one party from those of other parties. A service mark is similar to a trademark except a service mark pertains to identifying and distinguishing a source of a service as opposed to a product. Generally speaking, however, the term “trademark” is often used to refer to both a trademark and a service mark.
WHAT IS A PROVISIONAL PATENT APPLICATION?
A provisional patent application establishes an early filing date for a later filed non-provisional patent application. A provisional patent application is not examined and cannot alone result in a patent. In other words, a provisional patent application serves as a placeholder in time.