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how to find out what`s protected in a patent pending?

    • 990 posts
    September 2, 2008 4:34 AM EDT
    a couple of points:
    1. nothing is protected in a pending application - it`s pending.
    2. if the only application that has been filed is a provisional application, that won`t show up on a search - google or otherwise.

    James Lindon, Ph.D. Patent Attorney
    Lindon & Lindon, LLC
    Cleveland, Ohio
    Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights, Pharmacy Law, Litigation
    [this is not legal advice - provided for discussion only]
    Intellectual Property for the Individual and Small Business: Identify, Protect, Enforce, Defend.
    "Fools rush in where angels fear to tread."

    • 10 posts
    September 1, 2008 11:37 AM EDT
    Hi folks.

    Is there a website where I can find out what`s exactly protected by a company that displays "patent pending" on its website?

    A month ago I naively beleived that I was about to invent the wheel, and I wanted to find out how to legally protect my idea. I spent the past month writing down detailed specifications of my idea and the web applicaiton based on it, but then... a few days ago I found out that there`s a fairly established website that does pretty much what I had in mind. In fact there are some other less used ones as well in the same market (with Alexa rankings around 6,000, 12,000 and 100,000, respectively).

    My concept still differs from all of these in at least three very important aspects, which makes me think that I should lose the impetus and move on to the development phase quickly.

    Now, an important issue is to find out what exactly is protected under a "patent pending". Is there a website where I can type in the name of the company that filed a patent claim and I can read its content?

    Thank you,


    • 10 posts
    September 1, 2008 11:44 AM EDT
    I have the answer: