Redacted Publication [Patent] Law and Legal Definition

The term ‘redacted publication’ with regard to patents means a patent application publication that omits material that was present in the specification or claims of the non provisional patent application filed in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

Pursuant to 37 CFR 1.217, if a patent applicant has filed applications in one or more foreign countries, directly or through a multilateral international agreement, and such foreign-filed applications, or the description of the invention in such applications is less extensive than the application or description of the invention in the application filed in the USPTO, the applicant must submit a redacted copy of the application filed in the USPTO for publication, eliminating any part or description of the invention that is not also contained in any of the corresponding applications filed in a foreign country.