Asked in Patents (Intellectual Property)

Q: Could you please explain the content in the field ‘Type’ in the patent database.

I notice either the word ‘Grant’ or the word ‘Application’ common in the research I am doing. I want to be clear on what distinguishes these applications. Thanks.

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

A: I am not sure what database you are talking about as I do not use Justia to search for patents.

But in the normal course of things, a patent application is published 18 months after that application (or a priority application) was filed. So for example US20170035603 A1 was a publication for an application of one of my clients. Later that application was issued ("granted") and has US9561895.

It is important to be able to keep track of what is a mere application in the pipeline and what is a granted patent. Many applications will have both a published application and a granted patent.

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