pending" notice means a U.S. patent application has been filed.
pending" words can (and should) be displayed as soon as a U.S. patent
application is filed.
application can be a non-provisional utility patent application,
provisional patent application, design patent application or plant patent
pending" notice is a warning that a patent application has been filed, and
that a patent might be issued from such patent application.
provisional vs non-provisional patent applications,
Patented products (articles) sold or offered for sale should be marked
with the U.S. patent number. This marking is simply the word "U.S.
Patent" or "patent" or
abbreviation "pat." followed by the patent number.
marking should be "fixed" to the product by molding, engraving etc.
methods. When, from the character of the product, this cannot be done, a
label bearing the marking should be placed on the product or packaging.
marking permits the patent owner to seek monetary damages (in addition to
injunctive relief) in a patent infringement action without proof that the
infringer had actual notification of the patent.
addition, the public notification in and of itself might avert
patent it or not,
trade secret it,
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