F for Patent Family

Patent families have become almost an important element of any patent information. Fundamentally, patents do not exist in isolation and thus forms a part of much wider world. About 80 million patents have been published worldwide which would almost pile up to the height of Everest. Amongst these patents, its often the case that one invention is linked to others. These connected inventions are the indication of existing patent families.

A¬†patent family¬†is a group of patent documents that describes a single invention or set of related inventions. The patent documents belonging to a family are generally related to each other by one or more common ‘ancestors’, or originating patent applications. The documents in a patent family are often spread across a number of countries. Like a real family, these members inherit information from each other, creating a family tree of documents.

A patent family provides for a good insight about the worldwide status of an Invention. The patent family also helps as an indication of where the invention is protected. Hence the patent families could be very useful in understanding a bigger picture of the technology.

Jenil is a B. Com from L.S Raheja College Mumbai and an LLB from Indian Law Society's ILS Law College, Pune. He is the specialist in the field of Trademarks, Copyrights, Media and Entertainment Laws. His diverse knowledge in the field of Copyrights, Music, Entertainment Industry, Software and Media has helped many business owners in the form of protecting them from Infringers and Frauds. He also helps investigate upon the infringers on different social media platforms to help take the appropriate legal action against them. He is well versed in niche areas of research on the Trademarks and Copyrights front, which has enabled him to resolve multiple Legal disputes.

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