What is Patent Pending
Patent pending (sometimes abbreviated as “pat. pend.” or “pat. pending”) or “patent applied for” may be used on a product after the inventor has filed for a patent (provisional or non-provisional patent) and is waiting to see if the patent is granted by the US Patent Office but prior to the patent being issued or the application abandoned.
Applying the “pat. pending” phrase to a product when no patent application has been filed with the US Patent Office can result in a fine or loss of later filed patent rights. An inventor can only use the term “patent pending” if a patent application has actually been filed with the patent office in the US.
Do you want to be Patent Pending?
The term used to describe a patent application that has been filed with the patent office, but has not issued as a patent.
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