Checking up on unpublished patent applications

Last week I was asked to check on a U.S. patent application that wasn’t showing up in the Public PAIR database.  Was the application number wrong?  I had to think about it, but eventually I called the PTO’s Patent Electronic Business Center (866-217-9197).  They wouldn’t tell me jack about the status of the application, but they confirmed that the name and number I gave them corresponded to an unpublished application currently under review.

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One Response to Checking up on unpublished patent applications

  1. Mike W. says:

    “Currently under review” sounds a lot like it is pending, rather than one that is abandoned.

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