Provisional Patents

You've come up with a great idea to license, build or manufacture. Now it's time to protect it. When you register a provisional patent with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), you secure a priority date and can legally mark your product as 'Patent Pending' and are safe to publicly disclose the invention.

Provisional Patents

A provisional patent is the first step in the patenting process for many inventors. Provisional patents last for 12 months from the filing date, during which time you are considered, and can legally mark, your product as Patent Pending while you prepare for the 20 year nonprovisional utility patent. Provisionals can be a valuable marketing tool and may cause interested parties to take your invention more seriously. Upon filing, provisional patents secure a priority date, which is very important in our first to file patent system.

incorporate.com works with and has arranged discounted rates with licensed, experienced Patent Attorneys who will work directly with you through the patent process. You can choose from two (2) packages: Economy or Platinum.

The Economy Package includes:

  • A confidential information disclosure (CID) worksheet
  • Prior art patent search for similar issued patents and published applications on file with the USPTO, completed within 48 hours
  • Listing of relevant findings, a brief summary of how they impact your invention's patentability, and a determination of whether utility or design patent protection, if any, is appropriate

The Platinum Package includes:

  • A confidential information disclosure (CID) worksheet
  • Prior art patent search for similar issued patents or published applications on file with the USPTO, and completed within 48 hours
  • Listing of relevant findings and a brief summary of how they impact your invention's patentability
  • Provisional Patent Application prepared and filed by a licensed patent attorney
  • Application Electronically Filed with the USPTO within three (3) business days
  • Notification of procedural issues raised by the USPTO
  • Notification of your secured priority date upon USPTO acceptance
  • Follow on consultations from your patent attorney regarding the 20 year nonprovisional patent and other options for protecting your intellectual property
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Provisional Patent FAQs

What is a provisional patent?

A provisional patent is the first step in the patenting process for many inventors. Provisional patents last for 12 months from the filing date, during which time you are considered and can legally mark your product as 'Patent Pending'. Provisionals can be a valuable marketing tool and may cause interested parties to take your invention more seriously. Upon filing, provisional patents secure a priority date, which is very important in our first to file patent system.

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Where is a provisional patent filed?

Patents are filed electronically with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

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What do I need to complete a provisional patent application?

Provisional Patents are filed with a cover sheet, an election of entity status with the appropriate fee, a specification, and any drawings, sketches or pictures that are necessary to understand the invention. Claims are not included in provisional applications.

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Why would I want a provisional patent over a non-provisional patent?

Simply put, time. Provisional patents are quicker to file, faster approval time, and have less requirements than a non-provisional patent, which are all key points under the first to file system. Provisional patents also provide you with the time necessary to prepare the full nonprovisional patent with your patent attorney.

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Do I have to renew my provisional patent?

No. However, in order to file a patent you will need to follow up with the 20 year nonprovisional patent within 12 months.

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Provisional Patents

Packages Starting at:

$275

Plus Government Fees

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