What can go wrong with a cheap provisional patent application?

Isn’t a cheap provisional patent application better than nothing? Provisional patent applications serve a useful purpose. When written properly, a provisional application can provide valuable patent-pending status for one year. This buys time for the applicant to secure funding, make money or pursue any number of business plans that may help justify and pay for […]

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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 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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What is a provisional patent application (PPA)?

What is a provisional patent application? If your goal is to obtain a utility patent, a provisional patent application (PPA) can be an inexpensive way to start the process. Filing a provisional application alone will not get you across the finish line. Think of a provisional patent application as the beginning of a race that […]

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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 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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Can a provisional patent application be filed in a foreign language?

Can a provisional patent application be filed in a non-English language? Provisional patent applications with non-English specifications can be filed with the USPTO. In order for a nonprovisional 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. What […]

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Are Provisional Patent Applications Published or Made Publicly Available?

Are provisional patent applications published? No, a provisional patent application is not published or examined by the USPTO. However, they made be made publicly accessible under certain conditions. Are provisional patent applications made publicly available? It depends. If a nonprovisional application is filed within one year claiming priority to a provisional application, the provisional application […]

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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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