What protection do I get by filing a Patent Application?
Filing your Patent Application, whether provisional or non-provisional, puts your invention into "Patent Pending" status. This provides you with priority in case someone later files a patent application that discloses your invention. Such a disclosure could be utilized by the United States Patent & Trademark Office or any patent office in a foreign country to reject your invention if it was filed before your filing date. Patent Pending warns others that your invention has been filed as a Patent Application and that they should not make or otherwise infringe your product or process.
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Dr. Thomas R. (Terry) Williamson III is a Patent Attorney practicing in Atlanta, Georgia.
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