The Best Law Firm For Patent Law

Selectium Law Group is renowned for being one of the best patent attorneys in the United States, offering world-class patent services in all technological fields.

Patent Services

  • Patent Searches
  • Office Actions & Amendments
  • Patent Applications
  • Patent Enforcement

Patent Law Definition

A patent is a contract between an inventor and the government. The inventor provides a complete description of the invention to the public in a patent application. This benefits the public by providing knowledge of the invention for use as a foundation for additional innovation.

In return, if the invention is new (as compared to everything known to the public before the invention), a patent is issued. This patent gives the inventor a right to exclude others from making, using, offering for sale, or selling the patented invention throughout the United States, and from importing the invention into the United States, for the life of the patent, usually 20 years from filing.

A key element to effective patent protection is writing patent claims that define the invention as broadly as possible but without overlapping prior art that could make the patent invalid. This is generally best done by someone with skill and experience in patent practice, so consulting with a patent attorney is a wise choice.

Title 35 of the United States Code (the “Patent Statutes”) set forth the standards and procedures for obtaining patents. Patents are granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), an Department of Commerce agency.

The following items are patentable under these statutes:

  • Processes: new methods of doing something
  • Machines: engines, machinery, instruments, gadgets, etc.
  • Articles of manufacture: circuits, tools, structures made of metal, plastics, ceramics, etc.
  • Compositions of the matter: new pharmaceuticals, chemical compounds, naturally occurring substances when substantially purified, DNA sequences, biological materials, e.g. bacteria, viruses, proteins and protein fragments, monoclonal antibodies, epitopes, and vectors.
  • Improvements in any of the above
  • Living organisms: genetically altered plants and animals.
  • Computer programs: alone and in conjunction with other equipment.
  • Business methods: methods for doing business, but not those solely directed to patenting abstract ideas.
  • Designs: ornamental aspects of articles of manufacture.
  • Non-patentable items include nebulous concepts or ideas, laws of nature (e.g., gravity), mathematical algorithms alone (but computer-implemented mathematical algorithms producing a concrete, useful, and tangible result are patentable subject matter), and purely mental processes.