Patents in Florida

Have you invented or discovered an untapped market, product or idea? Consider a patent in Florida to protect your new potential business endeavor. Learn more about claiming the rights to your intellectual property below. 

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Protecting Your Intellectual Property with a Patent

Your invention could turn into a lucrative business opportunity. In order to protect your property, you can apply for a patent in Florida through the United States Patent and Trademark Office. For basic information on Florida patents, visit the USPTO website.

Federal Patents

According to the USPTO website, "A patent is a property right granted by the Government of the United States of America to an inventor to exclude others from making, using, offering for sale, or selling the invention throughout the United States or importing the invention into the United States."

Typically, utility and plant patents are valid for 20 years from the date you first applied for the patent in Florida. Design patents last 14 years.

What Can Be Patented:

  • Process
  • Machine
  • Article of manufacture
  • Composition of matter
  • Improvement of any of the above

What Cannot Be Patented:

  • Laws of nature
  • Physical phenomena
  • Abstract ideas
  • Literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works

Florida Patent Information

There are several great resources in Florida for obtaining patent information.

For a list of registered patent attorneys/agents in the state of Florida, click here.

Additionally, there are three Patent and Trademark Resource Centers located throughout the state:

Broward County Main Library (Fort Lauderdale) Miami-Dade Public Library (Miami) University of Central Florida Libraries (Orlando)

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