A patent protects inventions or discoveries that meet certain requirements set by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Once you own a patent, you own property, the same way you own your house, car, or other things. There are three types of patents:

  • Utility Patent
  • Design Patent
  • Plant Patent   

With both the utility patent and plant patent, there are two types of applications: the provisional patent application and the nonprovisional patent application. You can read about the different types of patents by scrolling below.