- 1 When can a continuation patent application be filed?
- 2 What is a CIP patent application?
- 3 What is a bypass application?
- 4 Should I file a CIP?
- 5 Can you file a continuation of a PCT application?
- 6 How long does a continuation patent last?
- 7 How much does a continuation-in-part cost?
- 8 How do patent continuations work?
- 9 What is the difference between a divisional and a continuation patent application?
- 10 How do I file a PCT application?
- 11 Can a PCT application claim priority to another PCT application?
- 12 Can different claims have different priority dates?
- 13 What is the term of a continuation-in-part patent?
When can a continuation patent application be filed?
When can I file a continuation application? A continuation application can be filed at any point while at least one patent application in the family is pending.
What is a CIP patent application?
A CIP application permits a patent applicant to add new subject matter to the existing disclosure of the parent application while retaining the priority date for claims based on the original disclosure. The claims of the CIP can be directed to the new subject matter, the old subject matter or a combination of the two.
What is a bypass application?
A “ bypass ” application is filed as a “continuation” application under the “normal” (non-PCT) procedure under 35 U.S.C. § 111(a) that cites the international application for priority. This procedure treats the international stage application as simply another domestically filed U.S. application.
Should I file a CIP?
If new subject matter is being added (e.g., new features or a newer version of a product), then a CIP should be filed if you wish to keep the priority date of the parent.
Can you file a continuation of a PCT application?
Yes, an applicant may file a US continuation -in-part (CIP) application based on an international PCT application that designates the United States [see 35 USC 365(c) and 35 USC 120]. This CIP is also known as a bypass CIP which is distinguishable from a bypass continuation that does not add new matter.
How long does a continuation patent last?
(Note however that the Lemelson optical recognition patents followed the old 17-year rule. For patents filed 8-June-1995 or later under the TRIPS agreement, continuation patents expire 20 years from the date of filing of the parent patent application.
How much does a continuation-in-part cost?
Applicants should expect a rough cost of about $3,000 to $6,000 for planning, claim writing, and filing, plus the USPTO fees (and take a look at my blog post on patent filing costs to compare to the cost of a new patent application).
How do patent continuations work?
In simple terms, a “ continuation ” application is a new patent application allowing one to pursue additional claims based upon the same description and priority date(s) as a pending “parent” application. Continuation applications are a flexible tool, useful for furthering numerous business objectives.
What is the difference between a divisional and a continuation patent application?
A Continuation allows an inventor to modify the claims, so long as the specification remain unchanged. A Divisional allows an inventor to split an application into two (or more) applications for patent, usually because the original application was attempting to claim multiple inventions simultaneously.
How do I file a PCT application?
Obtaining a patent through the PCT process can be accomplished by entering the so-called national stage in the countries where you want to receive a patent, or you can file a patent application claiming the benefit of your international patent application directly in a particular country within 12 months of filing your
Can a PCT application claim priority to another PCT application?
A PCT application, after all, is really a patent application that has been simultaneously filed in all PCT member states, all of which are also Paris Convention signatories. Since a party can claim priority from an application filed in any of those states, it follows that it can claim priority from a PCT application.
Can different claims have different priority dates?
While many practitioners believe that CIP claims are treated element-by-element to determine respective priority dates, in fact a claim can have only one priority date. As MPEP 211.05(I)(B) says, “Only the claims of the continuation-in-part application that are disclosed in the manner provided by 35 U.S.C.
What is the term of a continuation-in-part patent?
A continuation or a continuation-in-part application claiming benefit under 35 U.S.C. 365(c) of an international application filed under 35 U.S.C. 363 designating the United States will have a term which ends twenty years from the filing date of the parent international application.