The spirit of innovation is at the heart of American culture and truly helped create the nation enjoyed by so many today. If you are one of the many people inclined to develop something truly new, it is reasonable that you may want to know how to protect your work. You may want to prevent others from copying your work, taking credit for your work or benefiting from your efforts without just cause. A patent is one form of legal type of protection that you may apply for to help safeguard your intellectual property.

Understanding what a patent is and does is very important before you apply for one. As explained by the United States Patent and Trademark Office, a patent does not so much as grant you any rights or enable you to take certain actions as it does prevent other parties from engaging in certain actions. If you have received a patent for a product design, other individuals or businesses will be unable to import, sell, manufacture or use that product design.

If you suspect that your patent rights have been infringed upon, it is your sole responsibility to take action. The USPTO does not initiate any such action against potential intellectual properties as it expects the entities holding these to do so on their own.

This information is not intended to provide legal advice but is instead meant to give entrepreneurial individuals and companies in Texas an overview of the types of patents available, the benefits they may receive when granted a patent and what may be involved in protecting their rights granted by a patent.