Can you file a design patent continuation application?

What is a design patent continuation application? US patent law allows an applicant to file a “child” patent application while the “parent” application is still pending. This means that while a pending application (parent) has not yet been granted or abandoned, a continuing application (child) may be filed. This rule applies to both utility and […]

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What is a utility divisional application?

When is a divisional application appropriate? The option to file a divisional application arises if an Examiner thinks that your patent application contains multiple inventions and thus issues a Restriction Requirement compelling you to pick one. A response to a Restriction Requirement must include an election of certain claims, thereby leaving non-elected claims to be […]

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What are parent and child patent applications?

What is a parent application? A parent application is typically the first or prior nonprovisional patent application filed for an invention. A parent application may disclose multiple inventions. What is a child application? A child patent application is filed while a parent application is still pending (i.e., not issued or abandoned). By linking a child to a parent […]

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