It is not easy to find a provisional patent example because they are not published or easily searchable online like regular utility non-provisional patents. A non-provisional patent application will get published about 18 months after you file it. A provisional patent application will remain secret. This is either an advantage or a disadvantage of a provisional patent application. If you want to learn more about a provisional vs. a non-provisional please read this post.
Provisional Patent Example 1
Title: NOVEL POSITIONING AND APPLICATION DEVICE...
Download Provisional Patent Application Example 1 -Here is the application that was filed.
Download Issued Patent - This link is for the issued patent (note we are the ones who argued with the patent office to get this patent allowed for the inventor).
Provisional Patent Example 2
Provisional Patent Example 3
Title: BERTHING METHOD AND SYSTEM
Download Provisional Patent Example 3 - Here is a MS Word version of an application which started off as a provisional patent application and was converted to a non-provisional (note: this is not the best way to do this).
Download Issued Patent - This link is for the issued patent
A real example of an old provisional patent application I filed a few years ago:
If you look at the examples above, a provisional patent application should look exactly like a regular non-provisional application so its a lot easier to search for those and use those as your template or guide. If you want to learn how to search patents, I wrote an short guide here: How to Search Provisional Patents.
The parts of a provisional patent application should be:
- The specification (the written description of your invention)
- The figures (show what your invention looks like)
- The transmittal letter or cover sheet (this shows who the inventors are and who is filing the application)
A provisional patent application does not need claims or formal drawings. This is one reason why it's a lot cheaper to file a provisional patent application because you can save on the costs of having fancy drawings made. There is some debate amount patent experts on the need to include claims with a provisional patent application. Although they are not technically required, there are some reasons why it would be beneficial to have at least one claim. In my video guide that I provide to my clients I share with them the reasons why I think writing one good claim is very important.
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