ME 4320: Advanced Engineering Design

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Types of Patents

There are 3 main types of patents:

  1. Utility: for new and useful process, machine, manufacture, composition of matter or any new and useful improvement thereof.
  2. Design: appearance of an item is protected. Patent must be an original design for a manufactured item.
  3. Plant: for invented or discovered and asexually reproduced distinct and new variety of plant, including cultivated sports, mutants, hybrids, newly found seedlings, and living organisms.

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