Patents are a way to protect the latest inventions and discoveries, but not all inventions qualify for protection. These inventions must be beneficial unique, innovative and not obvious in order to be considered eligible. Patent laws that are federally regulated contain specific requirements. There are three kinds of patents: design, utility, and plant. Each of these kinds of patents are able to safeguard a single invention. Patents of this type are typically granted for products that can be useful in any way.