Patent pending is a legal designation available to anyone who files a patent application. This designation informs others that a patent application has been filed and is currently pending. In other words, the patent owner is seeking patent protection, but has not yet received patent rights. No legal rights are awarded while a patent application is pending and the extent of future rights is unknown.
An experienced patent attorney may be able to predict the limits of future patent rights based on any published prosecution history while a patent is pending. Contact us today for additional information.