patent application status

An application

that can save your place in line:

go provisional

Jim Pickerell, 1936
By Jim Pickerell, 1936-, Photographer (NARA record: 4588217) – U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, Public Domain,

As we discussed in this previous blog, filing a provisional patent application can be a good way for a company or individual inventor to "save a place in line" (so to speak) without spending a lot of money.

(It’s important to note that there’s no such thing as a "provisional patent." There are only provisional patent applications. Provisional applications can’t magically turn into granted patents; only non-provisional applications can result in patents.)

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Federal Circuit

decision on "on-sale bar"

is good for start-ups

Joanne Mitchell - Own work
By Joanne Mitchell – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,

A recent decision by the Federal Circuit limits the application of the "on-sale bar" and could be good for startups and other small businesses.

Under US patent law (35 U.S.C. § 102), an invention isn’t eligible for a patent if it’s been on sale for a year or more before the effective filing date of the patent application.

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Patents Pending

by Adam Philipp on November 6, 2012

On of the most common questions I get asked by clients is some variation on “how is my patent application doing”? Dennis Crouch of the Patently-O Blog had a great article and graph showing the current state of pending patent applications at the USPTO: