Provisional patents applications are not perfect for every situation. They have their advantages and disadvantages. Provisional patents applications can be used to protect new ideas such as:
Methods (including methods performed by software -software patents) Machines that perform a task Compositions of matter (ie: objects, tools, widgets, etc.) Business methods that are performed by a […]
The cost of a patent is not that great if you are filing it yourself. There are two ways you can patent an idea:
Write your own patent application (the cheapest way) Hire a registered patent attorney or patent agent to write and file a patent application for you (the most expensive way)
There are many advantages to filing a provisional patent application including: Low cost (currently $70 for most inventors or $140 for most small companies) Reduced paperwork and filing requirements compared to other types of patent applications Easy online filing process Once you file your provisional patent application, you can use the term “Patent Pending” to […]
There are not many differences between the look and content of a non-provisional patent application and a provisional patent application. In a general sense, they are both a form of utility patents used to protect a new invention such a new machine, method, or tool (ie: a widget). The biggest difference between the two […]
The typical process for a new invention looks something like this:
Of course each invention is different and there is no “one size fits all” but this is fairly typical. If I was to invent a new device or new software method, here is the process I would follow to […]
It is impossible to search provisional patents online because provisional patents are never published (see Advantages and Disadvantages page). Furthermore, viewing a provisional patent would not give you much information because it has not yet gone through the entire patent process and you would not know what the […]
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