In the United States, to obtain utility patent protection, the law requires that you file a patent application with the patent office within one year of disclosing the invention to the public, using the invention in public, or offering the invention for sale. At Mitchell Law PLLC, we will examine your invention and, if requested, provide you with a written opinion as to whether a utility patent may be obtained. We will guide you with respect to timing the filing of your patent application.
To obtain a nonprovisional utility patent, you must show three things:
- the invention is new…no one else has already invented it,
- the invention is useful…that it does something functional, and
- the invention or improvement is not obvious to one skilled in that art.