Giroux Amburn, P.C.

Patent Protection

A patent is the grant of a property right to the inventor, issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

A patent protects inventions that are novel and non-obvious over the prior art.

A patent confers the right to exclude others from making, using, offering for sale, or selling the invention in the United States or importing the invention into the United States. Generally, a utility patent has a lifespan of 20 years from the date of filing a utility patent application. A design patent has a fourteen14-year lifespan from the date of issuance. A U.S. patent is effective only within the United States. Foreign patents must be obtained to enforce rights in other countries.

Patent services offered by Giroux Amburn include preparation and prosecution of patent applications in a wide variety of art areas including mechanical, software, electrical, and chemical arts. We also offer clearance and infringement analysis, freedom-to-operate opinions, patent searches, post grant representation, licensing matters, patent portfolio management and international patent procurement.


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