To be sure you submit the proper application, you have to decide whether you’re going to file for a utility patent, a design patent, or a plant patent.

Utility Patent

What we all normally think of as a patent is actually a “utility patent.” A utility patent protects an invention that does something new (the first television), or does something old in a novel new way (the better mousetrap). A utility patent gives you the legal right to prevent anyone else from making or using your invention for 20 years as described in https://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/43137/20200108/why-inventhelp-is-a-great-resource-for-new-inventors.htm article.

Design Patent

Many people are not aware you can also patent a design. For example, assume you built an ordinary mousetrap but replaced the plain wooden base with an ornately designed base. A design patent gives you the right to prevent anyone else from using your design for 14 years.

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Plant Patent

If what you’ve created is a new plant variety, your creation may qualify for a plant patent. Because they are subject to very technical qualifications, you should read the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s information on plant patents before applying. If you do receive a plant patent, you’ll have the right to prevent anyone else from growing or distributing that plant for 20 years.

Decide Between a Provisional and Non-Provisional Application

The normal patent application is a “non-provisional” application. You submit your completed application with the necessary specifications, claims, drawings, specimens, fees and signatures, and a while later you find out if you’re being granted a patent or not.

In 1995, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office devised the provisional patent application process to put U.S. inventors on an even footing with foreign inventors. A provisional application allows the inventor to quickly submit a brief application form and receive that all-important filing date much sooner than would be possible if he or she had to prepare and submit the complete application as seen in https://www.latinpost.com/articles/143207/20200108/why-new-inventors-need-assistance-from-inventhelp.htm article.