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Are patents public record?
Last Updated: 2nd June, 2020
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Also, are patents public information?
Patents are granted by patent officesinexchange for a full disclosure of the invention. In general,thedetails of the invention are then published and made availabletothe public at large. It is important to file apatentapplication before publicly disclosing the details ofaninvention.
Also, are pending patents public? Inventors may file a Non-publication Requestwhich,if granted, keeps the application and communications with theUSPTOconfidential until a patent is granted.Provisionalpatent applications are not published, as theyare notexamined and are valid for just one year.
Keeping this in view, how do I look up patents?
Start at uspto.gov/patft. Next, under the headingRelatedUSPTO Services, click on Tools to Help Searching byPatentClassification. You can now start searching.Patent searchesmay also be done atgoogle.com/patents and at a number ofother freesites.
Are patents in the public domain?
Public domain patents are created whenapatent is now publicly usable. The patent may beinthe public domain because it hasn't beenproperlymaintained, or because its term has expired. Even ifapatent is properly maintained, they expire afterseveralyears.