We are very excited to announce that we have been granted a utility patent. Typically this is a three to five year process of rejected application after rejected application, difficult if ever to obtain. Ours took just over three years.
There are two main types of patents: design patents and utility patents. A design patent is "easier" to get because you are not claiming to reinvent the wheel merely enhance it, add to it or change the look of it. A utility patent is awarded to someone who has created or invented a brand new product or process. Smoothie Press falls under this category. Seems easy right? Wrong.
Patent - Wikipedia
A patent (/ˈpætənt/ or /ˈpeɪtənt/) is a set of exclusive rights granted by a sovereign state to an inventor or assignee for a limited period of time in exchange for detailed public disclosure of an invention. An invention is a solution to a specific technological problem and is a product or a process. Patents are a form of intellectual property.
The procedure for granting patents, requirements placed on the patentee, and the extent of the exclusive rights vary widely between countries according to national laws and international agreements. Typically, however, a granted patent application must include one or more claims that define the invention. A patent may include many claims, each of which defines a specific property right. These claims must meet relevant patentability requirements, such as novelty, usefulness, and non-obviousness. The exclusive right granted to a patentee in most countries is the right to prevent others, or at least to try to prevent others, from commercially making, using, selling, importing, or distributing a patented invention without permission.
Persistence and patience are difficult at times but so rewarding in the end.
Thank you to everyone who helped and encouraged us along this journey.