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The requirements for patent protection impose strict filing deadlines. The United States is a first-to-file country and requires absolute novelty as of the filing or priority date of the application. There is a one-year grace period in the United States for an Applicant’s own pre-filing date disclosures. Many foreign countries do not have a grace period. It is advisable to talk to patent counsel before disclosing your invention to third parties or offering your invention for sale.