one-year rule

one-year rule
   The rule that requires that a patent application on an invention be filed within one year of the following: any public use of the invention by the inventor; a sale of or offer to sell the invention; or any description of the invention by the inventor in a published document. If the inventor fails to file a patent application within a year, the invention passes into the public domain and is no longer eligible for a patent.

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