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How many types of patents are there? What can be patented? How do I protect my logo?  How long does copyright protection last? These are just a few of the most common questions people seek answers.

How many types of patent applications are there?

There are four types


What is the difference between a Provisional and Non-Provisional Patent Application?

Filing a Provisional application enables the applicant to establish a priority date against prior art.

Copyright protection comes into existence when a work is fixed in a tangible medium. Thus, copyright registration is not necessary to acquire rights in a work, but affords a number of benefits, including establishing a public record of the copyright holder's ownership, enabling copyright holders to sue infringers, allowing for statutory damages so that actual damages do not need to be proven, and enabling the copyright holder to prevent importation of infringing copies from other countries using US customs.  


Copyleft is a colloquial term used to describe a free public license for use of an original creation.  

How do I file a trademark or servicemark?

There are four bases for filing a trademark application: use-in-commerce or intent-to-use, based on foreign application and based on foreign registration.


Can I file a trademark application before my product image is actually used in commerce?

Yes. You may file an intent-to-use application.


Intellectual Property Resources

Provisional Patent Application has pendancy of 12 months by which a nonprovisional patent application must be filed to claim priority. 


How long does patent protection last?

If Granted...

Utility Patent             Lasts 20 years from the filing date of the earliest US or International application.

Plant Patent Application   Lasts 20 years from the filing date of the earliest US or International application.

Design Patent Application     Lasts 15 years from date of grant

There are Three Entity Sizes



Large - Over 500 employees/contractors /affiliates

Small - Under 500 employees/contactors/affiliates

Micro - Income less than 184,116 per year and a maximum of 4 applications under this status

What are the USPTO filing fees?  

Filing fees are based upon applicant's entity size >



                          LARGE      SMALL        MICRO


Basic Filing

Basic Exam

Basic Search








$  785




$  430

Patent Basics

Term of Copyrights  For works created after January 1, 1978, copyright protection lasts for the life of the author plus an additional 70 years. For an anonymous work, a pseudonymous work, or a work made for hire, the copyright endures for a term of 95 years from the year of its first publication or a term of 120 years from the year of its creation, whichever expires first. For works first published prior to 1978, the term is different depending upon a variety of factors.