What is a patent?
A patent for an invention is the grant of a set of property rights to the inventor.

Patents are granted for new, useful and nonobvious inventions for a limited time period, and provide the right to exclude others from exploiting the invention during the relevant period.  U.S. patents are issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Generally, the term of a new patent is 20 years from the date on which the application for the patent was filed in the United States or, in special cases, from the date an earlier related application was filed.  Patents require the payment of maintenance fees to keep them in force.  The right conferred by the patent grant is the right to exclude others from "making, using, offering for sale, or selling" the patented invention in the United States or importing the invention into the United States for a limited time in exchange for public disclosure of the invention when the patent is granted.

Patents are territorial, meaning that one must apply for patent protection in each country where protection is sought.  In other words, U.S. patents are effective only within the United States, U.S. territories and U.S. possessions.  Our firm is prepared to help you with patents in the U.S. and abroad.