Utility Patent

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Utility Patent

A utility patent is issued for an invention of a new and useful "process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter" or an improvement thereof. Utility patents are intended to protect the function of the invention, up to a period of twenty years from the date of filing. Approximately 90% of all patents issued by the USPTO have been utility patents.