The first step to patent of an idea involves filing a provisional patent application which holds your invention date in a queue for one year. A provisional application is never examined by the patent office and needs to be followed up with subsequent non-provisional application. In this regard, some consider a provisional application as a “place holder,” that is, by itself you cannot assert any rights from a provisional application, but you can take advantage of the filing date (that is, the date from which you are considered as the rightful inventor of the invention). A provisional application also prevents others from claiming your invention as theirs since it documents your filing date as the date of your invention.
After you file a provisional application, you can disclose the invention to the public and start seeking funding to mature your innovative rights. However, you can only avail the benefits of a provisional application if it is drafted correctly. Often, the cheap services available online would not care if your application drafted correctly, and would simply go ahead and file the application awarding you a patent application number. Unfortunately, this is false security, and in most cases (if not all), one will land up losing their patent rights by such filing.
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