When do companies have to get patents? 2 Answers as of April 12, 2011

When companies do something new to their products in the line of advertising or changing, say their design or "adding a feature", do they have to have a patent for it?

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DANIEL NESBITT | Hasse & Nesbitt
A patent is a legal right to exclude others form making, using and selling the claimed invention. To make and sell a product, a company does not need to patent it, but a patent can deter another company from doing the same.
Answer Applies to: Ohio
Replied: 4/12/2011
Michael M. Ahmadshahi
Michael M. Ahmadshahi | Michael M. Ahmadshahi, Ph.D., Esq.
Obtaining a patent is a choice. There is no obligation to patent the new design or feature. Patents can protect a company from its competitors by being an instrument to be used against the competitors if they copy the company's products. A company can also protect its designs, if possible, through trade secrets.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 4/4/2011
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