The exclusive right to use or sell an invention. The government, under the auspices of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, grants such rights only to new, useful and non-obvious ideas for machines, processes or certain designs. Drafting patent applications is an art that some say takes years to develop well. Depending on how the application is drafted a patent can offer very weak and narrow protection, or rather robust and strong protection. Although Pliam Law Firm does not practice in the area of patent law, we do strongly recommend the investment in a good patent attorney, and will gladly make recommendations on where to find a good patent attorney.