Patent Types

There are three types of patents that you can file for. The Technology Commercialization Office (TCO) can help you through the process of applying for each. 

Utility

You can file for a utility patent when you come up with a new, original and useful process, machine, article of manufacture, composition of matter or any new or useful improvement thereof. 

Design

You can file a design patent when you come up with a new, original or useful design for an article of manufacture. 

Plant

You can file a plant patent if you invent, discover or asexually reproduce any distinct or new variety of plant. 

Learn more about each type of patent from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. TCO can help you through the process for each patent application type.