Patent Process:

  • Put your “Thoughts to Paper”

  • Obtain a Patent Search Report

  • Quickly protect your idea with a Provisional Patent

  • Test the Market or Pitch to Companies & Investors

  • Apply for a Full Non-Provisional Utility Patent



$2,900 + $400 Gov’t Fee


  • Get 20 Years of Patent Protection, and receive exclusive rights to your intellectual property
  • Fully Prepared Patent Application including up to 3 independent claims with up to 20 total claims, up to 20 pages of invention specifications.
  • Up to 10 professional technical drawings showing front, back, left, right, top, bottom, and perspective views.

Utility Patent Application Process

  • 1. Consult with an Invention Consultant to fully convey your invention.
  • 2. A team of engineers and licensed patent professionals will draft your complete patent application.
  • 3. Your application is submitted to the US Patent & Trademark Office!

Have you applied for a Provisional Patent yet?

If not, you might want to consider it!

A provisional patent allows you to record your invention date quickly and inexpensively with the US Patent Office, and have the option to convert it into a full utility patent within 12 months.


Speak with a Utility Patent Consultant

  Q&A about Utility Patents

1. What is a Utility Patent?

A utility patent protects an invention’s function or process - what the invention does and how it does it.

2. Utility vs. Provisional Patents

If you are certain you want to try and obtain 20 years of patent protection and the needed monetary capital is available, you may want to skip the provisional patent and go directly to the utility patent application.

Otherwise, you would file a provisional patent to temporarily lock in your invention date for 12 months. Within this 12 months, you would pitch the idea to companies and investors or sell the invention to test the market. You can make the decision as to whether or not you want to follow-up with the full utility patent within the 12 months or simply let your provisional patent expire.

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