The invention however should not be a scientific, mathematical discovery, theory or method, a literary, dramatic, musical or artistic work, or a way of performing mental act, playing a game or computer programs or doing business, an animal or plant variety, medical treatment / diagnosis as also things against public policy or morality.
If the above points meet your new invention you can consider applying for a patent from the government. The patent has to be renewed every year from the 5th year up to 20 years of protection. (What is a Property, 2007).
"Some other types of intellectual property rights are referred to as patents in some jurisdictions: industrial design rights are called design patents in some jurisdictions (they protect the visual design of objects that are not purely utilitarian), plant breeders' rights are sometimes called plant patents, and utility models or Gebrauchsmuster are sometimes called petty patents or innovation patents. This article relates primarily to the patent for an invention, although so-called petty patents and utility models may also be granted for inventions." (Patent, 2008).
"The Commissioner of Patents & Trademarks has authority from Congress to establish rules and regulations for conduct o ...