A patent gives an inventor exclusive rights over the use of their invention. Any other person who wishes to replicate or use the invention must be granted permission by the inventor. To get a patent, you must file an application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (PTO).
There are three types of patent applications:
An international application is required if you wish to have exclusive rights over your invention in other countries. International applications must be filed separately from U.S. applications.