If you are considering filing a patent application, it is important to first decide whether you want to file a provisional or non-provisional patent application. Even though provisional patent applications require an extra step, they may be your best option in certain circumstances. Whether you have already decided to file a provisional patent application or have no idea which type of patent application is right for you, we recommend speaking with an experienced Santa Monica or Los Angeles patent law attorney to learn more about your options and get help deciding which option is best for your business.
What is a Provisional Patent Application?
Provisional patent applications can be used to secure a filing date while buying yourself an extra year to file your non-provisional patent application. That means during this year, you do not have to pay the fees associated with a non-provisional patent application or processing of a non-provisional patent application, such as certain attorney’s fees.
Benefits of Filing a Provisional Patent Application
You get an extra year to test and tweak
Provisional patents are perfect for those who are still in the early stages of developing their invention but want to secure a patent on it as soon as possible. Since provisional patents give you up to one year after its filing to file a non-provisional patent, you can use that year to test and tweak your invention without worrying about losing your first-to-file status.
It is cheaper
Provisional patent applications
are a lot cheaper and have fewer formal requirements than non-provisional patents. It is possible to draft your own writeup of your invention to save even more on costs, but you will still want to make sure you have an experienced patent law attorney look it over before you submit it. The last thing you want to happen is to have your application be denied because of careless errors you made in your writeup that could have easily been fixed by an attorney.
You can start promoting earlier
A huge advantage to provisional patent applications, especially for smaller businesses or independent inventors, is that you are able to start promoting your invention in a commercial setting after filing a provisional patent application. Thus, while you continue testing and tweaking your invention, securing the proper licenses, and otherwise fine-tuning your invention, you can simultaneously promote your invention in a commercial setting and prevent others from making, using, or selling products similar to your invention.
Contact a Santa Monica or Los Angeles Patent Law Attorney Today
The three benefits highlighted above are only a few of many benefits of filing a provisional patent application. To learn more about the benefits of filing a provisional patent application, or if you are still unsure whether a provisional patent application is the best option for you, contact the patent law attorneys at Verhagen Bennett today to schedule your free case review. The patent law attorneys at Verhagen Bennett have filed countless patent applications (both provisional and non-provisional) for their clients and obtained successful results. Call us at 310-917-1064 or visit our website to schedule your free consultation today.
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