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Individuals, groups, or businesses often seek patents for their inventions as a way to protect against others from profiting or misusing their original idea. Patent lawyers are attorneys that specialize in patent law, which is one branch of intellectual property law. They help clients navigate through the process of obtaining a patent from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. There are three different types of patents awarded in the United States depending on the subject matter. A utility patent, the most common, is issued to protect a process or function of an invention. Design patents protect the ornamental or decorative aspect of an object. Plant patents are issued for a newly invented or discovered asexually reproduced plant.