Intellectual Property:

What Can be Patented

Under United States patent law, anyone who invents or discovers a useful and new process, composition, machine, manufacture or any new and useful improvement can get a patent. To obtain a patent, the subject matter must be patentable; the invention must be novel; the invention must not be obvious; and the invention must have some utility or usefulness. Patentable subject matters include a method or process, a manufactured article, a machine or a new composition. Mathematical formulas, laws of nature, naturally occurring substances and processes done entirely with the body cannot be patented.

Examples of things that can be patented:

  • Drugs
  • Computer hardware and software
  • Musical instruments
  • Fabrics
  • Chemical formulas
  • Jewelry
  • Genetically engineered animals, plants and bacteria

If you have a patent law issue, contact an intellectual property attorney today by completing the free case review form on the right.