Maintaining a Patent Over Time
Patents are issued for periods of four, eight, and twelve years. In order to extend your patent, you’ll need to submit the maintenance fee.
You can pay six months before the expiration date to renew your patent.
If your patent expires, you can petition for reinstatement, but your invention will remain unprotected until the time when it’s approved.
Other Intellectual Property Topics
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