A patent for an invention is the grant of a property right to the inventor, issued by a government agency, such as the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), for a limited period of time, usually 20 years. U.S. patent grants are effective only within the United States and U.S. territories.
There are three types of U.S. patents:
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To be patentable, an invention/innovation needs to meet the following criteria:
In addition, an invention must also be
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The Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) is a national network of academic, public and special libraries that provide intellectual property services to the public. The PTRC's mission includes: Disseminating patent and trademark information, and supporting diverse intellectual property needs of the public. The Georgia Tech Library joined PTRC program in 1946 as one of the initial 22 libraries. We have all available patents issued in the U.S. since 1790 on file together with additional search tools. Currently, we provide the following resources and services:
Disclaimer: While the library staff cannot offer legal advice, perform a patent search, assist in writing a patent application, or warrant the completeness of a patentability search, we can provide appropriate training on patent and trademark searching, and link you to the right resources for you to proceed with your invention or entrepreneurial start-up ideas.
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