Patents gives an inventor an exclusionary right to prevent others from making, using, selling, offering for sale or importing the patented invention. Examples include machinery, medical devices, computer programs, computer systems and business processes. A patent can be a utility patent or design patent. If utility, it can be broken into two steps, a provisional application and a non-provisional application. The timing of filing a patent application is vital. To protect your rights, we recommend early filing and a visit with one of our experienced patent attorneys to discuss how to file a patent application.