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A legal document, issued by the Commissioner of Patents and Trademarks, U.S. Department of Commerce. It grants to the inventor (or in some cases his heirs or assignees) of a new, useful, or operative idea, e.g., a process, machine, design, substance, life form, etc., certain exclusive property rights. These rights are guaranteed by patent law for a defined and limited duration. See Cross-links: RIGHT, PROPERTY, TRADEMARK, COPYRIGHT LAW under "Copyright," TAX LAW under "Amortization."
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Invention:
A new and useful device, art form, process, substance, or life form created through research and/or productive imagination. See Cross-links: PATENT under "Patentable."
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Patentable:
The state of being suitable for patent, i.e., when an invention is eligible under patent law to be issued a patent. To be eligible, an invention must be a new, useful, or operative idea such as a process, machine, design, substance, life form, etc.. See Cross-links: PATENT under "Invention," and "Patent Registration."
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Patent Agent:
A person who is not a patent attorney, but is licensed to prepare and submit inventions for patent consideration and registration. See Cross-links: AGENT, PATENT under "Patent Registration."
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Patent and Trademark Office:
A division of the U.S. Department of Commerce whose main functions are:

1) To consider and grant patent, trademark, and trade name registrations,
2) To administer federal law that protects patent and trademark owners,
3) To record ownership transfers,
4) To maintain search files of U.S. and foreign patents and trademarks,
5) To provide facilities for public searches of patents and trademarks,
6) To participate in legal proceedings involving the issuance of patents and trademarks,
7) To represent the U.S. in international efforts to cooperate on patent and trademark policy, and
8) To maintain a roster of qualified practicing patent attorneys and agents.

The address of the Patent and Trademark Office is: Commissioner of Patents and Trademarks, Washington, DC 20231.

See Cross-links: TRADEMARK, PATENT under "Patent Registration," "Patent Search," and "Patent Pending."
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Patent Registration:
The procedure to obtain acknowledgment by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office of a claim to invention. The steps involved in Patent Registration are…

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