As a registered patent attorney, Mr. Koziol focuses a substantial part of his practice toward the application for registration of patents. Mr. Koziol also advises clients regarding international patent applications, and other possibilities for protection such as trade secrets.
A patent is a grant of certain property rights for a limited time to an inventor of a novel invention, issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The owner of the patent may exclude others from importing, "making, using, offering for sale, or selling" the patented invention.
There are three main categories of U.S. patents utility, design and plant patents.
- Utility patents are granted to those who invent or discover new and useful processes, machines, articles of manufacture, or compositions of matter. This also includes any new and useful improvement on existing processes, machines, articles of manufacture, or compositions of matter.
- Design patents are granted to those who invent new, original, and ornamental designs for articles of manufacture; and
- Plant patents are granted to those who invent or discover (and asexually reproduce) any distinct and new variety of plant.