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CIP Patent Application

Smith Hopen Intellectual Property Term Glossary Definition for CIP Patent Application
When an invention is improved after a patent application disclosing the invention has been filed, a new patent application, known as a Continuation-In-Part, and abbreviated as C-I-P, is filed to include the improvement. Prior art that arose after the filing date of the original patent application but not after the filing date of the C-I-P can be cited against the C-I-P.

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