There are three types of patents:
- Utility, Design, and Plant
There are two types of utility and plant patent applications—provisional and non-provisional. A provisional application is a quick and inexpensive way for inventors to establish a U.S. filing date for their invention which can be claimed in a later filed non-provisional application. A provisional application is automatically abandoned twelve months after its filing date and is not examined. A non-provisional application is examined by a patent examiner, and may be issued as a patent if all the requirements for patent-ability are met. Design patents are a type of industrial design right. Ornamental designs of jewelry, furniture, beverage containers and computer icons are examples of objects that are covered by design patents. A plant patent granted to an inventor who has invented or discovered and asexually reproduced a distinct and new variety of plant.
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