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Chapter 8: Should You File a Provisional Patent Application First?

As we discussed in Chapter 4, a provisional patent application can be filed as a stepping stone toward a utility patent.

A well-written provisional will establish priority for you, just the same as if you had filed a utility patent application.

You’ll keep this priority as long as you file a utility patent application that refers to the provisional within one year of the provisional filing date.

Once you file a provisional, you can legitimately tell others that your invention is “Patent Pending”—just the same as if you had filed a utility patent application…

Here’s What You’ll Learn In This Chapter:

  • What Are Some Advantages of Filing a Provisional Application First?
  • What Disadvantages Are There to Filing a Provisional Application First?
  • What’s In, What’s Out, and Why
  • What Is Necessary to Obtain a Filing Date?
  • The Potential Value of a Provisional
  • Draft-It-Yourself or Drafted by Your Attorney?
  • Filing Your Provisional
  • Allow Adequate Time to Start the Utility Application before the Filing Deadline

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