4 TYPES OF PATENTS
PROVISIONAL: Provides 1-year of “patent pending” status. Also provides the applicant with a filing date for U.S. and International Utility applications. Fewer requirements allows for faster turn-around and filing date, along with cheaper fees. However, because future applications depend upon this, disclosure is key.
IMPORTANT PATENT INFO
- Design: purely ornamental (expires 14 years from the date of filing).
- Utility: most common (expires 20 years from the date of filing).
- Plant: new variety of asexually produced plant (expires 20 years from the date of filing).