patent law

United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is the federal agency responsible for granting U.S. patents and registering U.S. trademarks. The USPTO is the sole entity capable of granting patents and trademarks legally recognized in...

usefulness

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryA requirement for obtaining a utility patent. A patented invention must have some functional purpose or utility. The purpose does not have to be groundbreaking; it can be solely for amusement or a minor...

USPTO

The United States Patent and Trademark Office. The USPTO is a federal agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce that is authorized to issue patents and trademarks.

utility patent

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryThe most common type of patent; issued for useful inventions that are new (novel) and that produce results that are not expected by those working in the field of invention (nonobvious). A utility patent...

Vessel Hull Design Protection Act

Title V of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, the Vessel Hull Design Protection Act, provides sui generis protection for an “original design of a useful article” (where “useful article” is limited to boat hulls). It was intended to replace the...

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