small entity

Definition of "small entity"
  1. A patent applicant status allowing reduced fee payment, applicable for profit-based companies with up to 500 employees, independent inventors, or nonprofit organizations
How to use "small entity" in a sentence
  1. The start-up qualified as a small entity, benefiting from the reduced patent application fee.
  2. Due to the status of a small entity, the nonprofit organization paid less for patent maintenance.
  3. As an independent inventor, he enjoyed the privileges of being considered a small entity.

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