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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Can a Provisional Patent Application be filed in a foreign language?

Provisional patent applications with non-English specifications can be filed with the USPTO. In order for a non-provisional application to claim priority to a non-English provisional, an English translation of the provisional needs to be timely filed along with a statement that the translation is accurate. Failure to file the English translation and accompanying statement in a timely […]

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Are Provisional Patent Applications Published or Made Publicly Available?

Provisional patent applications are never published or examined by the USPTO. However, if a non-provisional application is filed within 1 year claiming priority to a provisional application, the provisional application will become publicly available for inspection approximately 18 months from the provisional filing date (i.e., priority date). The one exception is if an applicant requests […]

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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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