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Question:The term of a new patent is 20 years from the date it was filed in the United States
The term of a new patent is 20 years from the date on which the application for the patent was filed in the United States
Question:The U.S.C. 2181 Excludes Patenting of inventions useful in the utilixation of nuclear material.
The Atomic Energy Act of 1954 excludes the patenting of inventions useful solely in the utilization of special nuclear material or atomic energy in an atomic weapon 42 U.S.C. 2181.
Question:Original,Currently amended,Canceled, Previously presented,New, Not Entered and Withdrawn are the seven permissible status identifiers
The seven permissible status identifiers set forth in 37 CFR 1.121(c) are: (Original), (Currently amended), (Canceled), (Previously presented), (New), (Not entered), and (Withdrawn). (Withdrawn-currently amended) is also acceptable.
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There is a time limit on patent protection.
For applications filed on or after June 8, 1995, utility and plant patents are granted for a term which begins with the date of the grant and usually ends 20 years from the date you first applied for the patent subject to the payment of appropriate maintenance fees. Design patents last 14 years from the date you are granted the patent. Note: Patents in force on June 8 and patents issued thereafter on applications filed prior to June 8, 1995 automatically have a term that is the greater of the twenty year term discussed above or seventeen years from the patent grant.
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