Patent Terms Glossary
The definition of the monopoly rights that the applicant is trying to obtain for the invention.
Application Number (patent)
The unique number assigned to a patent application when it is filed. The application number includes a two digit series code and a six digit serial number.
A country or intergovernmental organization that is a member of the Madrid Protocol.
An application filed in a foreign patent office that is substantially similar to (like) the patent application filed with the USPTO and is based upon some or all of the same invention.
Patent Cooperation Treaty - provides a mechanism by which an applicant can file a single application that, when certain requirements have been fulfilled, is equivalent to a regular national filing in each designated Contracting State.
A type of form designation such as Form CD435, meaning a Commerce Department form.
|Did You Know?
There is a time limit on patent protection.
For applications filed on or after June 8, 1995, utility and plant patents are granted for a term which begins with the date of the grant and usually ends 20 years from the date you first applied for the patent subject to the payment of appropriate maintenance fees. Design patents last 14 years from the date you are granted the patent. Note: Patents in force on June 8 and patents issued thereafter on applications filed prior to June 8, 1995 automatically have a term that is the greater of the twenty year term discussed above or seventeen years from the patent grant.
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