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About Patents

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. The invention must be new, nonobvious, and useful.    

A patent generally prevents others from making, using, or selling the invention for twenty years from the date of patent application filing. The patent application process is  best completed with legal counsel and patent approval can take 25 – 32 months. Some inventions are not approved for a patent, and many applications fail the first time.   

Before applying for a patent, do not share your invention publically. There must be no published source, patent application, or online video showing your invention. It is recommended you file your patent application BEFORE speaking with potential investors.   

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About Trademarks 

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