Pentiuk, Couvreur & Kobiljak P.C.Attorneys And Counsellors at Law
Call Us For An Initial Consultation
734-407-7193 | 773-435-9064

Understanding patent protections

With the midwestern portion of the United States being a key region for domestic manufacturing, it stands to reason that many businesses in Michigan or Illinois might need to seek intellectual property protections for certain inventions or developments. The World Intellectual Property Organization indicates that the goal of such protections is to encourage the ongoing innovation and creativity that furthers societal advancements. 

Copyrights, trademarks and patents are common types of intellectual property protections and each is used in select situations. According to the United States Patent and Trademark Office, there are actually three types of patents that may be applied for. One of these is for the invention of a new design for an item to be manufactured and another is for the invention of a new process for manufacturing something. The third type of patent relates to botany for the asexual reproductive invention of a new type of plant.

Utility patents focus primarily on technical or industrial processes and must be able to demonstrate functional uses and benefits. An invention that fails to be productive may not be eligible for a patent. Abstract concepts are also inelligible for receipt of a patent.

Once a patent is granted, it is the responsibility of the holder to enforce it. Important to note that a patent does not allow a holder to do anything but rather prevents others from copying, leveraging or otherwise benefitting from the patented design, process or plant for a period generally lasting 20 years from the date that the initial filing was made.


No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Call Our Offices In Wyandotte, Mi And Chicago, IL

Wyandotte Office
2915 Biddle Avenue
Edelson Building
Suite 200
Wyandotte, MI 48192

Phone: 734-407-7193
Fax: 734-281-7102
Map & Directions

Chicago Office
33 North LaSalle
Suite 3350
Chicago, IL 60602

Phone: 773-435-9064
Fax: 773-289-0767
Map & Directions

Email Us For a Response

How Can We Help You

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

ABA Illinois State Bar Association Indiana State Bar Association Federal Bar Association State Bar of Michigan