Anchorage, AK asked in Patents (Intellectual Property) for Alaska

Q: I'm researching existing prior art (using Google Patents), & I've been having a hard time with the "Application Events."

Here's an example:

2006-09-19: Application granted

2020-01-15: Application status is Expired - Fee Related

2024-05-04: Adjusted expiration

My question is re: the last two lines. Is the expiration truly now 2024, not 2020? I'm just not sure how those fields are populated.

Or, in other words, does the last line imply that the fee issue was resolved and that 2024 is the new expiration date?

Thanks much!

1 Lawyer Answer
Kevin E. Flynn
Kevin E. Flynn
  • Patents Lawyer
  • Pittsboro, NC

A: Google is not the definitive record. If you have anything that looks odd, you need to go to the official record which is accessible by

I hope that this helps.

Kevin E Flynn

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