What is a patent application? What makes it good?

Do you need a design or utility patent application? Are you trying to protect the functionality or the appearance of your idea? If the appearance (how it looks) is what matters, then a design patent application may be the right type of patent application. If the unique features of your concept are functional or structural, […]

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Can you refile a provisional patent application (PPA)?

Can you refile a provisional patent application? You can file the same provisional patent application as many times as you want, and whenever you want. So, yes, it is possible to refile a provisional patent application, but not without consequences. Filing the same provisional application over again, however, will result in a later priority date. […]

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How much does a utility patent cost?

What is a realistic cost estimate for obtaining a utility patent? Why write another post on patent costs when I’ve already written several articles, such as initial filing estimates, start-to-finish costs, prices of Office Action responses, and more? If you search for “how much does a utility patent cost” online, you may get some rough […]

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What Patent Examiners Need vs. What They Get

If you want to know what makes for a well written patent application, it may help to understand what USPTO examiners really think. According to a 2020 survey of 850 USPTO patent examiners, helpful insights were provided on the readiness of a patent application. What was interesting to see was not only the ranking of […]

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How does a provisional support a nonprovisional patent application?

What does a provisional patent application do? As suggested in its name, the “provisional” in provisional patent application has a connotation of temporary or conditional. A provisional application is, by nature, short term. Something further must be done to make the temporary patent rights permanent, and that something is the filing of a nonprovisional patent […]

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First file PCT or US patent application?

Should you file PCT or US patent application first? When you need patents in the US and foreign countries, you must ultimately file multiple patent applications. The question is which patent application should be filed first. US applicants seeking patents worldwide will often consider filing both a US nonprovisional patent application and an international PCT […]

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What is a nonprovisional patent application?

What is a nonprovisional patent application? A nonprovisional patent application is what you file to get a utility patent. You would think that a simpler name could’ve been created, but the “nonprovisional” adjective distinguishes this utility application from another utility filing called a provisional patent application. Here’s a detailed post on the differences between a provisional […]

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What does patent pending mean? Can you share your idea?

Should I share my idea before applying for a patent? It’s almost never to your benefit to disclose your concept before filing a patent application. By doing so, you lose foreign patent rights and risk someone filing first with the Patent Office. If your invention is patent-pending, then you have some options for safely disclosing your […]

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Provisional vs. nonprovisional patent application: What are differences?

What are the differences between provisional and nonprovisional patent applications? A nonprovisional patent application is normally considered the regular utility patent application. It’s what you file to get the USPTO to examine 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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