copending patentA patent whose application is being prosecuted at or near the same time as another, similar patent.
? Continuing applications must be copending with an existing patent application. A copending patent may affect another patent’s validity if it discloses the same invention, or discloses some part of the invention that, combined with other prior art, results in anticipation (esp. if the copending patent is issued before the affected patent). A copending patent may be shown to be an unpatentable improvement on another copending patent’s invention. 35 USCA ¡ì 102(e). See COPENDING.
How many interpretations of the term copending patent are there in Chinese?