Chicago, IL -- (SBWIRE) -- 06/12/2014 -- Creative people come up with unusual ideas and new inventions daily, but they don't know what to do with their ideas, and far too many end up being stuck in the back of a desk drawer simply because of a lack of knowledge of what patents are and how they work. In the United States, a patent is essentially a form of intellectual property. The inventor (or his proxy) applies to the United States Patent and Trademark Office for what is basically a type of copyright to prohibit other people from making, selling or importing that invention for a set amount of time. In return, the inventor agrees to provide detailed public disclosure regarding what they have originated. There are utility patents, design patents, software, hardware, plant, product and invention patents. Patents generally only apply in the countries in which they've been applied for, and they usually last for 20 years. In the hopes of encouraging more people to apply for patents for the goods, technology and/or designs they've innovated, Intellectual Pats (http://intellectualpats.com/) is currently offering a free 15 minute consultation with a qualified patent attorney to discuss the feasibility of obtaining a patent. Intellectual Pats ( http://intellectualpats.com/how-to-easily-patent-an-idea-online/) also provides the latest information on patent laws and provides a directory of patent attorneys.
According to Intellectual Pats public relations liaison Michael Lightfoot, "Intellectual Pats was launched in June of 2014 for the purpose of providing those with innovative new ideas across a variety of fields with the opportunities, information and resources they need to safeguard their original ideas and inventions. We offer a basic service at no charge that connects innovators and inventors with a patent attorney or agent within their own geographical area. Using a professional ensures that the patent process proceeds smoothly and without error, saving both energy and time. Patent representatives should ideally be matched to the type of patent being sought. Intellectual Pats has the connections nationwide who are familiar with the patent process and able to provide inventors with legal representatives who are able to prepare all essential documentation."
Design patents may be given to those who invent an original and decorative design for a manufactured item. A utility patent is granted to a person who comes up with a process that is useful and new, or a machine, article of manufacture or an improvement to such. (Utility patents are by far the most common.) Plants can also be patented.
About Intellectual Pats
Intellectual Pats is a new entity that was established to assist people in protecting their intellectual property. Intellectual Pats provides comprehensive information about patent law as it relates to process, utility, software, plants, products and inventions.