Patent Terms Glossary
Any word, name, symbol, device, or any combination, used, or intended to be used, in commerce by someone other than its owner.
May be granted to anyone who invents or discovers and asexually reproduces any distinct and new variety of plant.
Express Mail Mailing Label
Patent correspondence delivered to the USPTO via the "Express Mail Post Office to Addressee" service of the USPS which is considered filed in the Office on the date of deposit with the USPS.
The entity that is the recipient of a transfer of a patent application, patent, trademark application or trademark registration from its owner of record.
A patent application becomes abandoned for failure to file a complete and proper reply as the condition of the application may require within the time period.
A proceeding, conducted before the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences (Board), to determine priority of invention between a pending application.
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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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