Patent publication = published patent application

What is a patent publication? A patent publication is a published utility patent application. A patent publication is not a patent. While a published patent application may eventually issue into a patent, the patent publication consists of only the application itself, namely, the drawings and written specification. The patent publication does not provide information about […]

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Can a patent application be confidential (nonpublication request)?

Are utility patent applications kept confidential? By default, utility nonprovisional patent applications are published around 18 months from the priority date. This publication occurs whether or not the patent application is allowed. A US nonprovisional patent applications that is not based on a foreign filing can be kept confidential if a nonpublication request is filed […]

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