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The Cyber Citizen’s Guide Through the Legal Jungle: Internet Law for Your Professional Online Presence by Joy R. Butler

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PROTECTING YOUR TECHNOLOGY

7.1. Patent Law Basics

A patent is a property right applicable to inventions and discoveries. During the period that you have a patent on an invention, you can exclude others from making, using, offering for sale, or selling the invention in the United States or importing the invention into the United States. The Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) issues and administers patents in the United States.

Categories of Patents. United States-issued patents are divided into three categories: utility patents, design patents and plant patents.

Utility Patents. Utility patents are the most common type of patents ...

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