patent pending

Definition of "patent pending"
  1. A state of an invention after the utility patent application has been filed but before it's been approved or denied, indicating that a claim for priority has been made but no legal protections are yet granted
How to use "patent pending" in a sentence
  1. The inventor labeled his device patent pending to indicate his claim.
  2. She can't sue for infringement yet, her invention is still patent pending.
  3. Putting the 'patent pending' notice on his product, he warned others about his priority claim.

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