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IP 101, Part 2

IP 101, Part 2

As mentioned in our earlier post, there are three types of patents granted in the US: utility, design, and plant.  The subject matter of a patent must fall into one of the four patent-eligible subject matter categories: process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter, as outlined by the USPTO.  Additionally, an improvement on any one of the aforementioned subjects may be allowed.  If the subject matter falls into one of these categories, it must prove both novel and non-obvious.