As seen in a patent application, can someone please explain to a layperson what this term means?

"All claims of the present invention application are commonly owned."

I am having a heck of a time finding anything on this using Google.

  • "Commonly owned" means owned by the same entity; i.e. person or business. Could you provide more context for the quoted sentence? Common ownership can have implications for obviousness and double patenting for instance.
    – Riccati
    Jan 6, 2016 at 23:26


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