Continuity

Continuation Applications

The term “continuation application” refers to an application that is based on an original patent application (often referred to as a “parent” application), and has the same priority date and specification as the parent. When an application is a continuation…

How to View Continuity Data in PAIR

Continuity data is information about continuation applications that may have been filed based on a parent application. The USPTO PAIR web site is available to the public and discloses information about patent applications that have published, as well as issued patents. Upon…

It is generally assumed that inventions claimed in a patent application are available to the public if a patent application is abandoned, after the patent expires, or if a patent lapses due to the applicant’s failure to pay maintenance fees….