What is a provisional patent application (PPA)?

What is a provisional patent application? A utility patent is the end goal of a provisional patent application. Filing a “provisional” application alone will not get you a utility patent. It is a temporary placeholder that requires you to follow up with a timely non-provisional application. What do you get by filing a provisional application? […]

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What to do after filing a provisional patent application

Next steps after filing a provisional patent application So you’ve filed a provisional patent application. Now what? The next steps depend upon a few factors. Keep in mind the 1-year deadline as you think through these factors. Are you further developing the concept? If your concept is at an early stage of development, you may […]

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What is the difference between a provisional vs. nonprovisional patent application?

Provisional vs. nonprovisional applications: Which is reviewed by the USPTO? A nonprovisional patent application is normally considered the regular utility patent application. It’s what you file to get the USPTO to review your utility application and hopefully grant your patent. A provisional patent application, on the other hand, does not get reviewed. If done correctly, however, […]

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