THIS IS THE SECOND IN A FIVE PART SERIES ON INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY.
“Do you have a patent for that?”
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office says that a patent is:
“PATENTS are a property right granted … to an inventor ‘to exclude others from making, using, offering for sale, or selling the invention throughout 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. There are three types of patents: 1) Utility patents …; 2) Design patents …; and 3) Plant patents.”