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CAN WE MARKET OUR INVENTION BEFORE APPLYING FOR A PATENT ?

Your company has a new product. You think you may pursue a patent eventually, but there are other concerns right now. Other concerns include further development and marketing of the product. In fact, other concerns may include the immediate survival of the company.

Can you delay filing a patent application? To answer this question, you should seek legal counsel now. Legal counsel can help you determine whether there is a deadline for filing a patent application, as discussed in more detail below.

[THE REMAINDER OF THIS ARTICLE HAS BEEN TEMPORARILY REMOVED AND IS UNDERGOING REVISION IN VIEW OF THE LEAHY-SMITH AMERICA INVENTS ACT (AIA).]