Pet Product Patents

Patenting Pet Products

Pet owners will spend an about $58.5 Billion on their pets in 2014. Here’s the estimated breakdown for pet products in 2014:

Food $22.62 billion 
Supplies/OTC Medicine $13.72 billion
Vet Care $15.25 billion
Live animal purchases $2.19 billion
Pet Services: grooming & boarding $4.73 billion

This is my dog Carl.  He is pictured here chewing a Kong toy.

This is my dog Carl. He is pictured here chewing a Kong toy.

New Pet Products are Patentable

New pet technologies are patentable.  From the standpoint of patent law, the patentability analysis is the same as for all other technologies.

New pet food or food products could potentially be patented as compositions of mater.  Other patentable pet products include devices and machines, such as toys, crates, cages, scratching posts, etc. These could be patented as machines.  Vet care would include drugs (compounds and compositions of matter), medical devices, methods of treatment, etc..  The regular rules of patentability apply.  The technology must be new when compared to all existing technology; and it must not be an obvious improvement over existing technology.

Owning a monopoly on a popular new pet product provides a significant market advantage–they ability to exclude all competition from making, using, and selling that invention.  This monopoly allows the owner of the patent to set the price.  Accordingly, innovators in the pet space should claim their new technology.

Below are a few interesting examples of patented pet products.

Interesting Pet Product Patents

IP watchdog wrote about United States Patent No. 6,360,693, which claims an animal toy.  This patent is the famous case of patenting a stick.  The Kong Company, LLC makes a variety of highly recommended dog toys.  They have a portfolio of patents and patent applications. Kong’s dental toys are built with patented Denta-Ridges, which are special grooves designed to clean teeth and sooth gums as dogs chew.

United States Patent No. 5,443,036 defines a method of exercising a cat.  This patent claims methods including a “beam of invisible light produced by a hand-held laser apparatus onto the floor or wall or other opaque surface in the vicinity of the cat, then moving the laser so as to cause the bright pattern of light to move in an irregular way fascinating to cats, and to any other animal with a chase instinct.”

5 Responses to “Pet Product Patents”

  1. Ivonne Arguelles says:

    HI . My name is Ivonne Arguelles , I have an idea and prototype ,and I need to know, that I need to patent and how much is the cost for everything.. thank you.

  2. Katherine Davis says:

    I have an idea that has to do with puppy’s

  3. Marius says:

    I’m looking to sell my new pet product
    We have had the prototype made and can have the moulds made
    Here in Cape Town South Africa
    It’s unique and a first
    Who do I approach please

  4. I have a patent and would like to find some company to market it.

  5. Jason Barrowcliff says:

    Good day, I have a pet food patent I want get started, who is a top patent lawyer to contact for pet food? Thank you

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