Can you renew a patent?

Can a patent be renewed? No, you cannot renew a patent in the US. Technically speaking, US utility patents are maintained, not renewed. The connotation of “maintenance” is that there is an end to the patent term, whereas “renewal” implies a length of time that continues indefinitely. Patents cannot go on forever, not in the […]

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Can a Late Patent Maintenance Fee be Paid?

Is there such a thing as a patent renewal? Sort of. The US does not call them patent renewals. Instead, they are called maintenance fees. So while the US does not have patent renewals per se, a US utility patent does have has a series of payment deadlines in order to keep the granted patent […]

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