Provisional Patent Application

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What is a Provisional Patent Application (PPA)?

A Provisional Patent Application (PPA) is a quick, easy and cost-effective way to get your invention on file with the US Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO). A PPA enables you to establish a priority filing date for your patent, and provides 12 months of protection to further develop, market, or prepare a Utility Application. Once you file a PPA, a 12-month clock starts in which time a non-provisional patent application must be filed before the end of the 12-month provisional application period. A provisional application is not examined by the USPTO and does not automatically convert to a non-provisional patent.

How does InventionHome simplify the application process?

InventionHome uses a network of highly qualified patent attorneys and agents to assist our clients in filing Provisional Patent Applications at the lowest possible cost. Our streamlined system allows us to compile, edit and communicate invention information between inventors and patent attorneys / agents. Therefore we can offer a cost-effective service for preparing and filing Provisional Patent Applications.

What is a non-provisional patent?

The non-provisional patent is what is traditionally thought of as the “full” patent. It can be of either a “utility” or a “design” variety, and it establishes the filing date and begins the USPTO’s patent review process. It is the only type of application that will result in the issuance of a patent, whereas, a provisional patent application acts as a placeholder for the priority date and allows you to retain “patent pending” status for your invention.

Why do you need a patent in the first place?

Patents protect your idea for a limited amount of time, and prevent others from copying, making and selling your idea as their own. The patent gives you the right to make, use and sell your invention and essentially provides you with a competitive advantage or monopoly on your invention for the length of the patent term. If you do not have patent protection, your idea or invention can be quickly replicated and reproduced, without your consent. When a company licenses an invention, they are typically licensing the patent rights, not the invention itself.

How much does a Provisional Patent Application cost?

We charge $599, which includes the United States Patent & Trademark Office filing fee.

Getting Started With Your Provisional Patent Application (PPA)

InventionHome’s Provisional Patent Application process is fast and easy. See below:

  1. Step 1

    Complete your Free Inventor Consultation.

    Not sure where to begin? Speak with one of our experienced Product Development Managers to get started on the right track. Free Inventor Consultation Request Form »

  2. Step 2

    Compile your invention information.

    InventionHome will work with you to compile information about your invention, which is then sent to the patent attorney/agent.

  3. Step 3

    Your PPA is filed with the US Patent & Trademark Office.

    The patent attorney/agent will file your PPA electronically with the US Patent & Trademark Office.

  4. Step 4

    Receive your filing receipt

    Once your PPA is filed with the USPTO, you will receive a filing receipt electronically and your application will be effective.

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Disclaimer: Jacob Enterprises, Inc. (d/b/a: InventionHome) is not a law firm and is not engaged in the practice of law. InventionHome does not and cannot practice before the U.S. patent office and cannot offer legal consultation, advice or services. We refer inventors to independent patent attorneys / agents for their patent needs.