A patent provides exclusive property rights granted to an inventor (or his assignee) for a fixed period of time in exchange for disclosure of an invention. In essence, it gives an inventor the right to exclude others from making, using or profiting from the claimed invention. Importantly, the inventor must file a patent application within one year of the making of the invention public (sale, usage, etc.) or all available protections may become unavailable.
At Kaufhold & Dix Patent Law, our patent lawyers have been helping inventors protect their inventions for over 20 years — and we've successfully obtained over 1,900 patents for our clients. With our complete service flat fee structure and free initial consultation, we are the client service benchmark for intellectual property protection representation in the Upper Midwest and beyond.
Why Is This Important?
The first patent was issued in 1790 (signed by none other than George Washington) and over time the role of patents has evolved to protect and encourage inventions, promote the application of inventions, and accelerate the commercialization of inventions to society as a whole. A patent can be used to gain entry to a particular market, exclude others from a market or used as a marketing tool to promote unique aspects of a product.
This means a patent can be used by you to protect your invention from use by others — and stake your claim to the rights, benefits and revenue associated with exploiting your invention. Patents come in three varieties, and can be used to protect a wide array of items and inventions:
- Utility patent — Utility patents protect how an invention works. They are used to protect a method of use or a particular structure of the invention.
- Design patent — Design patents protect what something looks like. They protect the ornamental features, shape and aesthetics of a device.
- Plant patent — Plant patents protect new varieties of plants.
How Kaufhold & Dix Can Help
Patent protection is limited to what is claimed in the patent application. As such, it is very important that application itself is prepared properly, includes the necessary information and positions that invention as being new, useful and non-obvious.
Although an inventor can file a patent application without help from a professional, it is generally not a good idea to do so. Improper or incomplete disclosure and description of the invention can result in little or no protection, if a patent is granted at all. Using an attorney who is both qualified and experienced in writing and prosecuting patent applications will always provide the best opportunity to protect your invention.
Make sure your patent is prosecuted correctly. For a free initial consultation — and flat fees that are actually complete — contact Kaufhold & Dix Patent Law today by calling 612-216-1161 for our Twin Cities office, 605-334-1571 for our Sioux Falls office, or by filling out our online contact form. With offices in the Twin Cities, Minnesota, and Sioux Falls, South Dakota, we help clients across the Midwest and beyond.