"On-Sale" Bar Doesn’t Apply to Sales to Inventor

by Adam Philipp on November 23, 2016

"On-Sale" bar can stop

a patent being issued —

but what is a "sale"?


The "on-sale bar" is a limitation on the patentability of an invention under 35 U.S. Code § 102, which says:

A person shall be entitled to a patent unless—

(1) the claimed invention was patented, described in a printed publication, or in public use, on sale, or otherwise available to the public before the effective filing date of the claimed invention;

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