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What is a Provisional and Non-Provisional Patent Application


A utility patent can be either be filed as a provisional patent application or as a non-provisional patent application. Provisional Applications A Provisional Utility Patent application establishes a filing date, but does not mature into an issued patent unless the applicant files a regular non-Provisional Utility Patent application within one year. A provisional application includes...

How to Patent a Mobile App


Please note this post is only applicable for inventions that are solely software based (that is, those that do not include any specific hardware, except for a general purpose computer like a smartphone or personal computer). Can you patent a mobile app based idea? of course. However, there are caveats involved. Let’s consider a hypothetical...

Can I refile a provisional patent application?


Yes, you may refile a provisional patent application as long as you have not publicly disclosed your invention and understand that you will not be able to take advantage of the previous provisional filing date.    Let’s get into the details: A provisional patent application is a temporary filing that holds your spot in time...

Software Patents After Alice


Procuring software based patents have become a complicated task in a post-Alice world.  In 2014, for the first time, the U.S. Supreme Court invalidated software patents in the matter of  Alice Corporation Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank International (June 19, 2014) (or simply Alice). This case has resulted in a fair amount of commotion among...

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Sample Patents

Our patent attorney has secured numerous inventions for our clients. Here are a few samples of our representative work.

Provisional Patent Applications: DIY

This Do-It-Yourself (DIY) section is strictly for informational/ educational purposes only. Absolutely no warranties. Use at your own risk! You are strongly encouraged not to draft or file patent applications without seeking professional assistance.

  • Do-It-Yourself: Patent pending in $65

    You have an idea which you believe is the next million dollar idea?  While I’ll first address why you should not be searching for cheap patents professionals, I’ll then provide the steps to cheaply file a patent application by yourself in as low as $65 (that is, the gov. filing fee).  Why ‘Cheap Patents’ or...

  • How to File a Provisional Patent Yourself

    Here are the steps to file a provisional patent application by yourself at the USPTO website are: 1. Go to the USPTO website, www.uspto.gov and hover over quick links at the right side of the page. 2. Select the second option ‘EFS-Web’ at the left side of the menu, or simply visit the following link...

  • Provisional Patent Example

    A provisional patent example template is provided free of cost, for personal use only. Please follow all the instructions provided on page 1 of the template. By using this template you agree to abide by the conditions provided in there. To write your disclosure, make sure you also follow all the instructions provided in our...

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