Published Application [Patents] Law and Legal Definition

According to 37 CFR 1.9 (c) [Title 37 -- Patents, Trademarks, And Copyrights; Chapter I -- United States Patent And Trademark Office, Department Of Commerce; Subchapter A – General; Part 1 -- Rules Of Practice In Patent Cases; Subpart A -- General Provisions; Patents; General Information And Correspondence], the term published application means “an application for patent which has been published under 35 U.S.C. 122(b).”