For those of you who are unfamiliar with patents here is a primer describing the basics of patents and answering some of the common questions that novice or newbie inventors have about patents.
Let’s start with what exactly a patent is. Although most folks believe a patent gives you with “protection” for your idea. Really a patent gives you with “offensive” rights. It does not shield you from infringing other patents which would be a “defensive” appropriate.
US Patents are grants from the US government that confer upon inventors the correct to exclude other people from making, making use of, selling, importing, or offering an invention for sale for approximately 17 years, 20 years from the date of filing of the patent.