FAQ: Patent Not Allowed Yet?

What if my patent has not yet been allowed? — A patent has effect only after it is issued by the Patent Office.

A patent takes effect only when issued by the Patent Office, and you cannot sue for infringement of a pending patent application. However, if your claims have already been allowed by the Patent Office but the patent has not yet issued, we may take the case if we determine the allowed claims are infringed.

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