MPEP Q & A 39: Types of Applications That Will Not be Published

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Question:

List 2 types of applications that will not be published.

Answer:

The Office will not publish the following applications:

  • Provisional applications;
  • Design applications;
  • International design applications; and
  • Reissue applications (because reissue applications are not kept confidential).

Chapter Details:

The answer to this question can be found in chapter 1100 of the MPEP. This chapter covers Statutory Invention Registration (SIR); Pre-Grant Publication (PGPub) and Preissuance Submissions.

Section Summary:

This question and answer comes from section 1120 of the MPEP.  The following is a brief summary of section 1120.

1120    Eighteen-Month Publication  of Patent Applications 

This section covers details on the publication of patent applications after the expiration of a period of eighteen months from the earliest filing date for which a benefit is sought.  General details, exceptions, requirements, and projected publication dates are all discussed.

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