Ask legal questions and get legal advice about patent applications from a licensed patent practitioner (a patent attorney or agent). 20 minutes of practitioner time is included per case. Additional time is billed at the practitioner’s hourly rate.
A provisional patent application allows you to use the phrase “patent pending” for 12 months. You can continue to use it after if you file a non-provisional patent application before the provisional patent application expires.
Receive a filing date from the US Patent Office which sets your date in line with them. Those who may file a patent application after you, have a later date than you with the US Patent Office.
You will receive an official receipt from the US Patent Office confirming acceptance of your provisional patent application and showing your patent application number.
Our proprietary electronic signature system allows you sign patent application documents, in compliance with the US Patent Office, from your computer or mobile device.
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*$70 govt fee assumes you are classified as "micro entity" by USPTO. If you have filed more than 4 non-provisional patent apps in the past, or have an annual income of greater than $177,117, you may be classified as "small entity" or "large entity" which requires a $140 or $280 govt fee
It's the first step before a patent application! First, you learn how patentable your invention may be. If it's not very patentable, don't waste time and money on a patent app. Second, it may help you increase your patentability. By seeing what is similar, you can improve your invention around other existing invention and increase patentability.
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