Thanks for your post. Let me try to clarify. What I am trying to determine is if manufacturers produced a pattern BEFORE the pattern actually received a registry number/date. Obviously the production of these wares would be absent the registry mark as they wouldn't have received it yet. For example, we sold our product (in this case software) two years prior to actually receiving a US Patent. When the patent was received we put the patent number on it. I realize the rules would be different for 20th century US patents vs mid 19th century British registrations (which is exactly what I'm trying to find out). So the question is, are there any examples or information to suggest that manufacturers would produce a pattern before receiving or while waiting for the British Registry and Designs office to issue the registration? Thanks for any assistance.
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