What type of inventions can be patented?

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issues three different kinds of patents.

  1. Utility Patents

Utility Patents are given to be used for commercial purposes to the inventions of utility products for example a tyre, dishwasher which will be used by masses.  Nevertheless, it is important that every invention that meets the “statutory subject matter” criteria passes the first qualifying test of getting a patent. But it must overcome several additional hurdles before the USPTO will issue a patent.

It can be used for commercial purposes

  1. Design Patents

The law requires that the design be novel, non-obvious, and non-functional. Examples: new shape for a smartphone or a pill bottle.

iii. Plant Patents

Plants may qualify for a patent if they are both novel and nonobvious. However, these are the issued less frequently.