patent pending
n.
A notice placed on an object informing others that its inventor has applied for a patent on it and is awaiting the government’s decision.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


patent pending
The status of an invention between the time when:a utility patent application has been filed and when it is issued or rejected, or the time between when a provisional patent application has been submitted and when a subsequent patent application is issued or rejected. Inventors mark their devices patent pending in order to place others on notice that they claim priority. Patent pending status does not bestow any legal right to stop copying.
Category: Patent, Copyright & Trademark → Patent Law

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


patent pending
n. A designation attached to a product while the Patent Office is considering the patent application. Such a designation imparts no protection against infringement unless the actual patent is eventually granted. Abbreviated pat. pending.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


patent pending
A phrase (abbreviated as pat. pend.) displayed prominently on an invention for which an application for a patent has been made but has not yet been issued.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

patent pending
n.
   often abbreviated to "pat. pend." or "pat. pending," the term is printed on a product to inform others that an application for a patent has been filed with the U.S. Patent Office, but the patent has not yet been granted.
   See also: patent

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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