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Should I File a Provisional Patent Application?

 

It depends on your circumstances whether or not you should first file a provisional patent application before filing a utility patent application. A provisional patent application might be a good option if you are still making fairly significant changes to the invention. It is also a good way to lower your upfront patent costs while you test the market for your new invention.

If you are already selling your invention or if it is a priority to get an issued patent as soon as possible, then it may be best for you to skip the provisional application and file a utility application right away.

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What is a Provisional Patent Application?

What is Prior Art?

What is a Priority Date, and What Does It Mean to “Maintain Pendency”?

 

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