An application

that can save your place in line:

go provisional

Jim Pickerell, 1936
By Jim Pickerell, 1936-, Photographer (NARA record: 4588217) – U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, Public Domain,

As we discussed in this previous blog, filing a provisional patent application can be a good way for a company or individual inventor to "save a place in line" (so to speak) without spending a lot of money.

(It’s important to note that there’s no such thing as a "provisional patent." There are only provisional patent applications. Provisional applications can’t magically turn into granted patents; only non-provisional applications can result in patents.)

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Provisional Patent Applications

by Adam Philipp on April 14, 2008

If you want to preserve the option to get patent protection for an invention (a new concept and the knowledge of how to implement it), a provisional patent application allows you to preserve your right to seek full patent protection in the future. While full (nonprovisional) patent applications may take months to prepare, provisional patent applications take only weeks or less. They are also cheaper.  Provisional patent applications expire after one year, but allow you to file for full patent protection without worrying about lack of patent protection in the meantime.

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