Notary Bulletin

What Is ... A Patent?

Some signers mistakenly believe that notarizing blueprints or other documents describing an invention will provide the same intellectual property rights as a patent. However, notarization merely establishes the identity and willingness of the signer.

A patent is a property right granted by the federal government to an inventor that prevents "others from making, using, offering for sale, or selling the invention throughout the United States or importing the invention into the United States," according to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

Anyone seeking a patent should be referred to a local patent attorney or the USPTO at 1-800-PTO-9199 or at

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Quiz: The Many Types Of Notarial Acts

Notaries perform many different duties for the public — and it’s easy to lose track of the different acts and what states they’re authorized in. Test your familiarity with common — and uncommon — notarial acts.

(A link to the correct answers is provided at the end of the quiz.)

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