Secure a filing date with the US Patent Office
Quick and lower cost application for preliminary protection
Get "Patent Pending" Status in as little as 1 day. A few more days for additional services.
Decide to convert later. Before the 12 months are up, decide to convert to the full non-provisional application
Time to Test. Use the 12 months to raise funds, solicit investors, test the market, while being "patent pending"