abandoned application

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An “abandoned application” refers to the abandonment of a patent or trademark application.  An application is removed from the docket of pending applications at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office when the applicant (either directly or through their attorney or agent) files an express notice of abandonment, does not pay the issue fee, or does not take appropriate action sometime during the prosecution of a nonprovisional application.  An abandoned application may be revived upon petition.

[Last updated in June of 2022 by the Wex Definitions Team]