Can You Patent an Idea?


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Abstract ideas may not be patented, according to the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Additionally, laws of nature, physical phenomena, literary, dramatic, musical, and artistic works and inventions which are not useful or are offensive to public morality may not be patented.

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Processes, machines, articles of manufacture, composition of matter and improvements to any of the above are patentable and must be applied for in the name(s) of the inventor. The USPTO grants patents to inventors to "exclude others from making, using, offering for sale, or selling the invention throughout the United States or importing the invention into the United States."

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