Utility Patent Definition: A patent can be issued for inventions that are “any new and useful process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter, or any new and useful improvement thereof” (35 U.S.C. 101). They can be issued for new products and processes, improvements, or new uses on existing ones. They can also be issued for new methods and new compositions of matter. A utility patent protects the article (product, process, method, new matter) itself and the way an article is used and works. It protects what the invention is and does.
Carson Patents offers affordable expert patent application services online for new inventions following our five step process. Our USPTO Registered Patent Practitioner is an online utility patenting services specialist. Contact us for help with any of the 5 steps to patenting. The 5 steps to patent a utility invention are:  prior art search,  patentability evaluation (study),  application writing,  application filing, and  patent prosecution.
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5 Steps to Patent a New Utility Invention
For how to get a utility patent, Carson Patents offers expert patenting services for all types and kinds of patent applications. We can help with all types of applications such as patent pending, provisional, and non-provisional. We work with both U.S. and International (PCT) patent applications. Also, we can help with Continuation, Continuation in Part, Divisional, and Substitute Applications. The kinds of patents include all kinds: electrical, mechanical, software, processes, and methods. Check out our areas of patent experience.
For how to apply for a utility patent protection, Carson Patents recommends our 5 steps to patent. Our 5 steps to patent for patent applications meets with all of the requirements for either the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), or the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO), or both. The following patent steps are best for all new inventions. Of course, we start with the prior art search to see what is out there now. The prior art is used to study patentability and determine whether there are allowable claims that we can write for the invention. Only if an invention is patentable (meets all utility patent requirements), do we proceed to writing and filing a patent application.
Patenting Steps to Apply for Utility Patent
-  prior art search – utility patent search
-  patentability evaluation – is it patentable
-  utility patent application writing – explain how to make and use
-  application filing – apply for a utility patent
-  patent prosecution – respond to patent office
Utility Patent Application Costs
Basically, a patent application will cost $3000 – $5000 to write and file to protect the function of an invention. Additionally, after filing, prosecution costs are usually between $1000 – $3000. Also, please note that these costs only represent Carson Patents‘ fees and do not include the USPTO or WIPO application filing fees which vary by entity status. In conclusion, the cost to patent an invention will vary based on the invention and the number of office action responses that are needed. Read more about how much it costs to patent an invention in our patent costs article.
Patented Examples – Utility
This type of patent protects how and what an invention does, rather than what it looks like. The utility type of patents are considered the strongest type of patent protection available for new inventions, products, and methods. There are many different types of inventions that would benefit from having a patent because of the broad range of ideas that it can protect. Some examples are listed below to illustrate the large number of ideas that a patent can protect. Carson Patents helped all of the inventors for all of these patents.
Our patent application services can help you seek patent protection for your invention with patent applications for the new device or apparatus and its function or use. The utility kind of patent covers what it is and the way an invention functions, not the way it looks. In the United States, these patents are issued for 20 years from the filing date. To clarify, if a patent is issued, the inventor has a legal right to control the making, using, and selling of the invention for 20 years from the date a complete and proper patent application is filed.
EXAMPLE – Nebulizer Device – U.S. Patent No. 10980951
Nebulizer – Abstract: This invention relates to nebulizers, which are machines that change a liquid form to a mist consisting of micron sized droplets. More specifically the invention relates to liquid medicament nebulizers, for example for delivering a mist of medicament to eyes, nasal passages, and lungs. A housing has a form which rolls to house first and second reservoirs, an expansion chamber, and a vibration element. The housing has a center of mass which urges the nebulizer to roll toward a storage position where the liquid drains from the first reservoir through the drain passage to the second reservoir.
EXAMPLE – Ergonomic Storage Device – U.S. Patent No. 10960827
Ergonomic Access Personal Bullet-Proof Shield Stowage Device – Abstract: The Ergonomic Access Personal Bullet-Proof Shield Stowage Device comprises a nearly transparent articulable plurality of tension positioned suspended support arms having auto body window sill securing clips, and shield position retention securing clips seated between and connectively attached to an upper and a lower auto window frame for the purpose of enabling the suspension and stowage of a bullet-proof or bullet-resistant shield for immediate/urgent ergonomic access by a passenger when exiting a passenger vehicle. The Ergonomic Access Personal Bullet-Proof Shield Stowage Device may alternatively be used in any window with an upper and lower sill whereupon to position the window sill securing clips.
EXAMPLE – Electrostatic Generator Device – U.S. Patent No. 11101744
Capacitive Engine Featuring an Extrinsic Semiconductor – Abstract: The capacitive engine is an asymmetrical capacitor which produces a net non-zero electrostatic force when a voltage difference is applied between the two conductor-semiconductor contacts of an incompletely spherical extrinsic semiconductor shell. At least one Schottky barrier is made from one of the conductor-semiconductor contacts at either of the extrinsic semiconductor’s inner or outer radius and is always in reverse bias. Since the Schottky barrier is always in reverse bias, the reverse biased Schottky barrier becomes an electronic capacitor mimicking the shape of the incompletely spherical shell of the extrinsic semiconductor. A net non-zero electrostatic force is thereby produced because the inner and outer radial surface areas of the electronic capacitor have a non-zero difference and this difference is multiplied by the relative electrical permittivity of the incompletely spherical extrinsic semiconductor shell when calculating the net electrostatic force of the capacitive engine.
EXAMPLE – Emergency Alert Device – U.S. Patent No. 10997850
Service Animal Emergency Alert Apparatus – Abstract: The Service Animal Emergency Alert Apparatus is a device for providing a triggering means to a trained animal to send an alert signal by triggering a remote activation device connectively attached to an alert service, monitored service, or emergency response service comprising a box having a door providing access to an interior of said box wherein a configurable remote device position tray is connectively attached to a plurality of triggering buttons and a triggering pull cord configured to enable a trained animal to send an alert by pushing upon said triggering buttons or grasping and pulling upon said triggering pull cord thereby activating said remote activation device sending an alert signal through an alert service, monitored service, or emergency response service to summon responsive human assistance to render aid.
EXAMPLE – Sponge Cleaning Device – U.S. Patent No. 11253044
Pro Sponge Rejuvenator – Abstract: The Pro Sponge Rejuvenator is sponge cleaner for cleaning a plurality of used sponges, comprising: a liquid-tight container in which stems which extend from a platform toward a bottom of the container are oscillate-able to rub the sponges against the bottom by an oscillation means connected to the platform and supported by the bottom. The Pro Sponge Rejuvenator cleans sponges using a cleaning solution that is filtered with every sponge cleaning oscillation up/down stroke of the apparatus through the use of one-way flow valves under the sponges and a central tube with filter media. The Pro Sponge Rejuvenator is ideal for cleaning sponges and especially cosmetics makeup sponges.
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