Crestview, FL asked in Patents (Intellectual Property) for Florida

Q: Can two patent applications have identical titles? If so can you find an example?

An inventor filed for two patents with the same title at the Austrian patent office. But when he obtained two U.S. patents with those Austrian patents as priority, his U.S. patents had TWO DIFFERENT titles. If the U.S. patent office didn't care, why didn't his two U.S. patents have the same title just as his two Austrian patents did?

1 Lawyer Answer
Peter D. Mlynek
Peter D. Mlynek
  • Patents Lawyer
  • Moorestown, NJ

A: Yes. Absolutely. In the US, anyway.

The rules in the US about titles of patent applications is fairly liberal. A title must be "short and specific", meaning fewer than 500 characters, but I've found that the Patent Office does not really care. At most, they delete leading articles from the title.

Examples? There are thousands of examples. Try "Cleaning composition"

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