Learn About Provisional Patents

A provisional patent secures patent pending status for one year, providing time to further develop and perfect your invention.

What is a provisional patent?

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A provisional patent application provides a 12 month period to further develop the invention, market and seek licensing agreements. A provisional patent is only a placeholder and a non-provisional patent application must be filed within the 12 month period based on the information contained in the provisional application. If no further action is taken within the 12 months, the patent is invalidated and the orignal file date (or priority date) is lost.

Compared to a traditional patent, provisional patent applications (PPAs) are simpler and more concise – frequently taking less than 10 pages. In the application, the filer explains the product’s design and the purpose that it serves.

There are a couple of major benefits to obtaining a provisional patent. First, inventors don’t have to worry about a manufacturer stealing their idea because the temporary “patent pending” label signals a potential lawsuit in the event of infringement. Secondly, PPAs allow inventors to perfect their concept prior to filing a full patent. Also important: It puts on the record an official filing date with the USPTO. Being the “first inventor to file” could be important in getting a patent later on.

A fixed-fee approach to provisional patent protection

We pursue every avenue to reduce costs for our clients. To ensure that objectives are clearly defined and budgets are met we offer the majority of our services at a cost-effective fixed fee, including:

  • Preparing, filing, and prosecuting patent applications at the USPTO
  • Offering opinions on patentability, validity, infringement, and freedom to use
  • Enforcing patent rights in U.S. district courts and on appeal
  • Addressing USPTO post issuance proceedings

To add further value, we help our clients to identify new market opportunities and strategic partners.

We encourage you to request our schedule of typical patent fees. Call us today at (954) 533-4396 to request more information regarding our services.

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