Fri 8 Aug, 2008 12:28 am
As much as i know, continuation-in-parts (CIP) for patent laws is that you can add claims and things to your previously filed and approved patents if you found improvements to your invention later, is that right?
However, i am confused about how some websites say "CIP must be filed only for PENDING patents" while USPTO websites and some other websites simply said "CIP can be filed during the parent's patent LIFETIME".
My advice is: contact a patent attorney so that you can assure that you get the right information. Anyone here would be speculating and that could cost you some serious bucks.