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What does “patent pending” and “patent applied for” mean?

March 24, 2009 by · Comments Off
Filed under: Patent Articles 

The terms “patent pending” and “patent applied for” are used by a manufacturer or seller of an article to inform the public (and competitors) that an application for a patent is on file in the USPTO. The law imposes a fine on those who use these terms falsely to deceive the public.