When you are filing a patent, the first thing that you would have to do is choose the patent type. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) grants patents under three categories: utility patents, design patents, and plant patents. Of these, the most common are utility patents. In 2019 alone, the Patent Services USA granted 354,430 utility patents.
Nearly 90% of the patent applications filed in the USA are utility patents. When we talk about patents in general, we are mostly talking about utility patents. Design patent is the second most applied patent category.
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