Basics of Protecting Innovation

The U.S. affords a variety of mechanisms for the protection of innovation including: Utility Patents, Plant Patents, Plant Variety Protection (“PVP”), Trademarks, Copyrights and licensing. Information on the basics of these mechanisms can be found in the links provided below

1. Basics – Patents

a. What is a patent-

b. What is patentable subject matter

c. What must you have to get a patent

d. Kinds of patents in the US

2. Basics of PVPs

a. What is U.S. Plant Variety Protection (“PVP”)

b. What can be protected

c. Requirements

d. Seed Deposit

3. Basics of Trademarks

a. What is a trademark

4. Basics of Copyrights

a. What is a trademark