Provisional Patent Applications

Inventors who want to protect their intellectual property are often overwhelmed when it comes to determining which options are best for them. One option that may be considered is a Provisional Patent Application. This is a patent that is more beneficial for some intellectual property owners than others. An experienced intellectual property attorney can provide you with the information you need in regards to your specific property that can help you make this decision. It is crucial to note that a provisional patent application does not actually result in a patent. An inventor with a provisional patent application can apply the term “Patent Pending” until they have secured an official patent with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

In order to file a provisional patent application, all inventors must be named and it must be filed within 12 months of the date in which an inventor publicly disclosed the invention. Other information to be included on the cover sheet for the application can include the title of the invention, the inventor’s place of residence, an address to communicate with the inventor, and information regarding whether any government agencies have a property interest in regards to your application.

If you have any questions regarding what type of application may be in your best interest, contact an experienced intellectual property attorney who can guide you through this process.

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