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US Provisional Patent Application

Updated:2018-5-14 15:23:20    Source:www.tannet-group.comViews:230

US provisional patent application allows you to file without a formal patent claim, oath or declaration, or any information disclosure (prior art) statement. A provisional application for patent (provisional application) is a U.S. national application filed in the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). A provisional application is not required to have a formal patent claim or an oath or declaration.

Benefits of Provisional Patent Application
1. Enjoy less formal requirements
The reduced formality threshold of provisional patent application filings offers a number of significant advantages to the inventor and entrepreneur. A first advantage is that since the formality requirement for a provisional application is greatly reduced as compared to a nonprovisional application, the cost of preparing and filing a provisional application can be significantly lower.

2. Secure foreign priority
It provides foreign priority for subsequent patent applications filed in countries that are signatories to the Paris Convention. The Paris Convention is an agreement among most of the commercially important countries of the world - roughly 165 countries are members - which recognizes patent priority in each of those signatory countries.

3. Get an efficient, short-term solution
This is a relatively efficient and cost-effective way of protecting an invention during the early development process. One of the features of provisional patent applications is that multiple provisional applications can be referenced by a later-filed nonprovisional application, combining their ideas into a single document. This can be particularly useful when an invention is undergoing development.

Required Information
1. the application as a provisional application for patent;
2. the name(s) of all inventors;
3. inventor residence(s);
4. title of the invention;
5. name and registration number of attorney or agent and docket number (if applicable);
6. correspondence address; and
7. any U.S. Government agency that has a property interest in the application.

Duration for a provisional patent
A provisional application for patent has a pendency lasting 12 months from the date the provisional application is filed. The 12-month pendency period cannot be extended. Therefore, an applicant who files a provisional application must file a corresponding nonprovisional application for patent (nonprovisional application) during the 12-month pendency period of the provisional application in order to benefit from the earlier filing of the provisional application.

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