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Simple Legal Status / Legal Status / Legal Event Search Guide

Simple Legal Status

In PatSnap when using the advanced search, you are able to search by simple legal status. To do this type SIMPLE_LEGAL_STATUS: followed by one of the numbers in the list given below where the simple legal status corresponding to these numbers and an explanation of each simple legal status is given.

No. Simple Legal Status Explanation
0 Inactive Patent is inactive for various reasons.
1 Active Patent is currently active.
2 Pending The application is published or under examination prior to the patent being issued or the application abandoned.
999 Undetermined Patents that we have yet to confirm the legal status for.

 

Legal Status

In advanced search, you are also able to search by legal status. To do this type LEGAL_STATUS: followed by one of the numbers in the list given below where the legal status corresponding to these numbers and an explanation of each legal status is given.

No. Legal status Explanation
1 Published An application was published.
2 Pending An application enters into a substantive examination.
3 Granted An application becomes a granted patent/patent in force.
8 Double Abandonment of patent right or utility model to avoid double patenting.
11 Withdrawn An application open to public inspection was withdrawn at the request of the applicant.
13 Rejected An application is rejected by the examiner.
14 Revoked Whole invalidation of a patent.
15 Expired Patent term expired.
16 Non-payment No payment of annual fees.
21 Restoration Where a time limit prescribed in the Patent Law is not observed by the patentee because of force majeure, resulting in loss of their rights, they may within a specified time limit, request the Patent Office to restore their rights.
22 Ceased A patent has run its full term or ceased due to some reasons.
23 P-Revoked Part of claims are declared invalid through invalidation procedure.
30 Abandoned Patent right is abandoned.

 

Legal Event

In advanced search, you are also able to search by legal event. To do this type LEGAL_EVENT: followed by one of the numbers in the list given below where the legal event corresponding to these numbers and an explanation of each legal event is given.

No. Legal event Explanation
61 Transfer Change in applicant/owner.
62 License Exploitation case against a patent license contract submitted for record.
63 Pledge Pledge/mortgages registered.
64 Trust An entrustment of a patent from its owner to a trust company where the trust company finds a license destination of the patent and obtains income. According to our database, this appears to only be the case in Japan and Taiwan.
65 Opposition A third party initiated an opposition proceeding to challenge the validity of a pending patent application or granted patent.
66 Re-examination A third party or inventor has had a patent re-examined to verify that it is actually patentable.
69 Customs Intellectual property rights holders apply to the Customs for the intellectual property rights protection in order to obtain the protection of customs intellectual property rights (including patent rights, trademark rights, etc.)
70 Litigation The patent is in litigation or was litigated.
71 Preservation In the trial of civil cases, the court ruled on the preservation of patent rights, thereby "freezing" relevant patent rights, so that the rights holders can not perform the rights of abandonment, transfer, license, etc.
72 Invalid-procedure The patent invalidation procedure is applied for by a third-party and then examined by the Patent Reexamination Board, to make a final decision on the granted patents which is either partial invalidation, invalidation or to maintain the patent right.
73 Oral-procedure In the invalidation or reexamination procedure, relevant parties may request for an oral hearing examination, but oral hearing examination is not a necessary process for invalidation or reexamination.
74 Declassification Declassified national defense patent, where this is a patent whose technologies are developed with national security in mind.

 

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