Your house, your car, and your civil rights are
controlled and protected by laws. YOUR
IDEAS ARE NOT
; not, that is, until you communicate them.
Ideas are intellectual property, and
only when they are communicated, translated into writings, or realized in
tangible objects do legal rights and obligations arise.
NO ONE is obligated to communicate ideas. But keeping
them to yourself does not serve mankind.
Patenting your idea is a way to protect your intellectual property and
contribute to the common good.
authors of the U.S. Constitution understood this and empowered Congress
“to promote the Progress of
Science and the Useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right
to their respective Writings and Discoveries.”
A patent for an invention is a grant of a property
by the Government to the inventor acting through the Patent and
The term of a patent
is 20 years from the date an inventor first applies for the patent subject to
the payment of appropriate maintenance fees.
A patent is a “contract which gives the inventor “the
right to exclude others from making, using, or selling” the invention
during a limited time period.
is granted is not
the right to make, use, or sell, but the right to
exclude others from making, using, or selling the invention.
The inventor must provide a full public
disclosure of information about the invention.