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Patent Pending

November 20, 2018 | by | Patent Law

Once an application has been filed, the owner of the application may use the words “PATENT PENDING”. While this language does not confer any substantive rights, it serves to put the public on notice of the pending application and is a deterrent to infringement. During the pendency of the patent application in the United States patent office, the contents and, in fact, the existence, of the application remain confidential, available only to the applicant, his counsel, and third parties who receive written consent to access the application file.