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What is the meaning of 'pay award pending'?
How long is a pending patent good for?
A "pending patent" does not exist. A patent application which is pending at the patent office is typically referred to as "patent pending", but has not yet matured into an enforceable right. A patent application can, in theory, be pending indefinitely as long as you are willing to pay to keep it alive (via Requests for Continued Examination or via continuation applications, and so forth).