The EDmarket Patent Showcase aims to recognize this industry’s innovative products and ideas. The program celebrates new thoughts and ideas while providing greater recognition for companies that invest time and resources in their products. Patents in the EDmarket Showcase are classified as either DESIGN or UTILITY. Let’s look at their differences. A utility patent can be for a new or useful process, machine, article of manufacture, composition of matter, or an improvement of something already in existence. It is a complex and expensive process to obtain a utility patent, giving much credibility to the patent owner.