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December 13, 2007


I like this blog, but I didn't even get past the headline of this particular entry - I've got an aversion to the expression "so-and-so was awarded a patent", which to me is an expression used by people who don't know much about patent law. You're *awarded* a prize or an honor; you don't apply for an award, someone else nominates you for it; and there usually aren't strict criteria for the awarding of awards. In contrast, you're *granted* patent because you apply for one (including payment of certain fees), and the application and claimed invention meet certain statutory requirements. Anyone who's application and the invention claimed therein meets those requirements is granted a patent.


Thank you for your comment. I have tweaked the title and opening of the post a little, but believe that you are perhaps being a little too harsh with respect to the difference between "grant" and "award." A quick search of www.thefreedictionary.com shows that "awarded" means "to grant as merited or due" or "to give as legally due." Therefore, while you are certainly entitled to your preference for the term "grant," I must disagree with you that the use of the term "award" indicates that the author "[doesn't] know much about patent law." Nevertheless, thanks for your comment and for reading Patent Docs.


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