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Provisional Patents... public?

Terri

Provisional Patents... public?
« on: June 19, 2013, 09:29:53 PM »
If I apply for a provisional patent, will it be available for the public to see like a normal patent would?

I ask because if for whatever reason I can not license my idea or pay for a full patent after the year is up, I'm afraid my idea will be publicly available for anyone with the money to pursue it.

PS: Thanks for all your info, Brad. Found you through Youtube.

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Re: Provisional Patents... public?
« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2013, 08:50:48 AM »
Hi Terri,

Provisional patent applications are not published and will normally remain secret at the patent office.   This is either a good thing or a bad thing depending on your circumstances.  You can read more about the advantages (and disadvantages) or provisional patent applications here:  https://patentfile.org/advantages-of-a-provisional-patent/

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Brad
« Last Edit: June 28, 2013, 11:37:47 AM by Brad »
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Re: Provisional Patents... public?
« Reply #2 on: August 07, 2013, 07:22:19 PM »
Brad, in your opinion, would it be safe to share the invention on a group funding site with having only a provisional patent application? I'm trying to raise funds for a non-provisional application. Thanks.

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Re: Provisional Patents... public?
« Reply #3 on: August 08, 2013, 09:37:24 AM »
Brad, in your opinion, would it be safe to share the invention on a group funding site with having only a provisional patent application? I'm trying to raise funds for a non-provisional application. Thanks.

I would say generally yes.  As long as your provisional patent application described in detail how to make and use your invention is should be fine.    Just realize that by submitting information about your invention online this may count as a "public disclosure" which means that if you don't file your non-provisional patent application within a year then you may lose your chance of getting a patent approved. 
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