Can you reference a pending patent application for a new one?

Posted by Michael Shimokaji | Jun 05, 2014 | 0 Comments

Question: Can you reference a pending patent application for a new one? Question Detail: Can you reference another pending application filed earlier that relates to the current patent application?

Answer: Yes.

In general, you can reference another pending application if, among other things, your current application claims priority to the earlier, pending application. You may also reference a pending application because it might provide relevant background information or even disclose an invention that might be considered duplicative of the present invention.

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Michael Shimokaji

Michael’s expertise includes the strategic development of patent and trademark portfolios. He identifies those patents and trademarks that are valuable to his clients by providing them with a competitive advantage. Then, Michael obtains patent and trademark registrations in the US and abroad.


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