A patent is a grant of protection for an invention. Owning a patent gives you the right to stop someone else from making, using or selling your invention without your permission. A patent is the granting of a property right by a sovereign authority to an inventor. This grant provides the inventor exclusive rights to the patented process, design, or invention for a designated period in exchange for a comprehensive disclosure of the invention. a patent can be granted to any person who:
Invents or discovers any new and useful process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter, or any new and useful improvement thereof, may obtain a patent, subject to the conditions and requirements of the law.
There are three types of patents:
1. Utility patents cover anyone who invents a new and useful process, article of manufacture, machine, or a composition of matter.
2. Design patents include an original, new, and ornamental design for a manufactured product.
3. Plant patents go to anyone who produces, discovers, and invents a new kind of plant capable of reproduction.