BME 3300: Biomedical Engineering Design

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What is a Patent?

A patent for an invention is the grant of a property right to the inventor, issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Generally, the term of a new patent is 20 years from the date on which the application for the patent was filed.

The right conferred by the patent grant is “the right to exclude others from making, using, offering for sale, or selling” the invention in the United States or “importing” the invention into the United States.   There are three types of patents:

  1. Utility: new and useful process, machine, article of manufacture, or composition of matter, or any new and useful improvement thereof;
  2. Design: new, original, and ornamental design for an article of manufacture; and
  3. Plant: invented or discovered and asexually reproduces any distinct and new variety of plant.

Why Search Patents?

Search and review others patents to understand:

  • technical specifications/innovations
  • product designs
  • competitive differences/advantages
  • players (competitors; inventors)

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