This essay is a general topic that will discuss the pros and cons of a patent and also give a conclusion.

Essay by mr.stevoHigh School, 12th gradeA+, January 2004

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Pros: When we think of patents we think of people who invent things and want to protect the product in which they have created. This initially would keep people from copying your idea and or stealing it. A patent is nothing more than an entitlement to a certain product that you have chosen to invent, manufacture, use for a specific period of time, and market. Patents are generally issued by the government or the United States Patent and Trademark Office as a grant of property right to the inventor.

Over all there are three types of patents; there is the design patent which lets one patent a design if it is new, has originality, and is ornamental for a product or company. A utility patent is the patent of a new procedure, means of manufacturing (producing a product more efficiently), a better machine to improve a process of a product or job, or basically any new and useful improvement.

The last being a plant patent, which can be given to anyone that discovers or breeds a new type of plant which is usually done with grafting.

"In the language of the statute, any person who "invents or discovers any new and useful process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter, or any new and useful improvement thereof, may obtain a patent," subject to the conditions and requirements of the law. The word "process" is defined by law as a process, act or method, and primarily includes industrial or technical processes. The term "machine" used in the statute needs no explanation. The term "manufacture" refers to articles that are made, and includes all manufactured articles. The term "composition of matter" relates to chemical compositions and may include mixtures of ingredients as well as new chemical compounds. These classes of subject matter taken...