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Pet Care Patents In The United States

Pet Product Patents

Pet Care Patents

Pet lovers are often the inventors of pet care products and many seek pet care patents for their inventions. In addition to improving the lives of pets, these inventors hope to make a profit from their inventions. How popular are these inventions? According to the United States Patent and Trademark Office database, there are more than 2000 Patents having the word “dog” in the title of the Patent.

Potential Market for Pet Care Patents

People love their pets, whether they are dogs, cats or another type of animal. As a result, the pet care industry is big business! In the United States in 2020, it is estimated that over $100 billion US dollars were spent in the pet industry.

Three Fun Pet Care Patents

Below are three examples of pet care product patents for your review. One is for automated petting, one is for automated watering and the last is a tool to help with the dog-walking chore. These products were selected at random from the thousands of patents that have been issued for pet care products in the United States.

1.) A scratching and petting device for pets

2) A pet watering device

3) A device to assist pet walking

USPTO Utility Patent Basics

Like any other type of utility Patents, the pet care inventor must comply with the following sections of the Title 35 of the United States Code (U.S.C.):

35 U.S.C. 101 – Patentable Subject Matter

Whoever invents or discovers any new and useful process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter, or any new and useful improvement thereof, may obtain a patent therefore, subject to the conditions and requirements of this title.

35 U.S.C. 102 – Novelty

In part, 35 U.S.C. 102 reads: A person shall be entitled to a patent unless— (1) The claimed invention was patented, described in a printed publication, or in public use, on sale, or otherwise available to the public before the effective filing date of the claimed invention; or  (2) The claimed invention was described in a patent issued under section 151, or in an application for patent published or deemed published under section 122(b), in which the patent or application, as the case may be, names another inventor and was effectively filed before the effective filing date of the claimed invention.

35 U.S.C. 103 – Non Obvious Subject Matter

A patent for a claimed may not be obtained, notwithstanding that the claimed invention is not identically disclosed as set forth in section 102, if the differences between the claimed invention and the prior art are such that the claimed invention as a whole would have been obvious before the effective filing date of the claimed invention to a person having ordinary skill in the art to which the claimed invention pertains. Patentability shall not be negated by the manner in which the invention was made.

35 U.S.C. 112 – Specification

In part, 35 U.S.C. 112 reads:

a) In General

The specification shall contain a written description of the invention, and of the manner and process of making and using it, in such full, clear, concise, and exact terms as to enable any person skilled in the art to which it pertains, or with which it is most nearly connected, to make and use the same, and shall set forth the best mode contemplated by the inventor or joint inventor of carrying out the invention.

(b) Conclusion

The specification shall conclude with one or more claims particularly pointing out and distinctly claiming the subject matter which the inventor or a joint inventor regards as the invention.

We hope you enjoyed reading about the pet product patents! If your enterprise needs legal assistance procuring/managing/enforcing your pet product Patent Applications, Patents, Copyrights or Trademarks/Service Marks, please contact Business Patent Law, PLLC.

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