Have you ever noticed this in a patent application publication or a registered patent?
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By default, utility patent applications are published after (usually within) 18 months from the date of the filing. Applicants can request for an early publication (early publication fee right now is $0). When an applicant requests for an early publication, a utility patent application publishes after approximately 4 months from the date of the filing.
Most applicants don't object to the publication process in general. Actually most applicants are excited to have their applications become published. But did you know that applicants can request their application to remain private and not be published? Normally, applicants who request non-publication of applications are government entities who wish to keep their invention private. But everyday applicants can keep their applications private too.
So when should you consider to keep your application a secret?
In a world where people are constantly connected and oversharing, people still like having a sense of privacy and keeping things confidential. Whenever I file patent applications for my clients, I often get asked "Should I have an NDA?" My feeling is, if you want to keep things confidential between you (the disclosing party) and the other person (the receiving party), then yes, you should execute an NDA.
But if you don't have an NDA and instead another type of a contract, what can you do? You can insert a confidentiality clause.
Since I spent a whole with a couple of my friends at the shore two or so weeks ago, I've been learning more about different wines and trying to step out of my comfort zone when it comes to wines.
Today, I ventured out to my neighborhood wine and spirits store and on my way out, I saw this: