A provisional patent application is a type of United States utility patent application. A provisional application is a simpler, less expensive type of patent application, but it lacks all of the requirements of a non-provisional utility patent application.
The Advantages of Filing a Provisional Patent Application.
Provisional patent applications have a lot of advantages. For example, a provisional patent application does not require claims and the inventor does not have to file an oath. There are many great reasons to consider filing a provisional application.
Provisional patent applications do not have all of the requirements of a non-provisional patent application. No claim set has to be filed and other sections that are commonly included in non-provisional applications can be excluded. Information disclosure statements are generally not filed with provisional applications. All of this drives the costs down from 25% to 40% or even more.
You Can Mark Your Product as Patent Pending.
Being able to mark your product as patent pending let’s the entire world know that you have staked your claim and that competitors that copy your product do so at their peril. Once a provisional patent application is on file you are able to mark any covered product as patent pending.
You Get An Entire Year to Perfect Your Invention.
A provisional patent application gets you an entire year to file a non-provisional application. During that year if you make additional changes to your invention, you can file additional provisional applications, or file the new material in your non-provisional application. Additional provisional applications can often be filed at a much lower cost than the original provisional application. And, at the end of a year, you can file a non-provisional application that claims priority to all of your provisional applications.
Some Important Things To Remember
All of this sounds great so far. So why wouldn’t everyone just file a provisional patent application and be done with it? Here’s some of the reasons why.
A Provisional Patent Application Only Lasts One Year.
Once it is on file a provisional patent application stays in force for exactly one year. During that period the owner of the patent application can mark any corresponding products as patent pending. And at any time during the year, the applicant can file a non-provisional application that claims priority to the provisional patent application.
A Provisional Patent Application Cannot Be Extended.
The one year term of a provisional patent application cannot be extended. If no non-provisional application is filed during the one year term of the provisional application that claims priority to the provisional application, the provisional application expires.
A Provisional Patent Application Cannot Be Renewed.
The one year term of a provisional patent application cannot be renewed. If a non-provisional application is not filed during the term of the provisional application that claims priority tot he provisional application, the provisional application expires.
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