Ultimately, doing this kind of research and development will save you time, and when it comes to working with attorneys, time is money. Remember, your attorney is an expert on patent law. To get the best patent application possible, you must become the expert of your product, its category, and at least a good deal of the corresponding prior art. The first step is to study the market.
Provisional Patent Application Definition
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When you have invested much time, talent and energy into a new invention, it is advisable to protect it with a patent. A provisional patent provides a low-cost alternative to begin the patenting process on a new invention. With an approved provisional patent, you can begin manufacturing and marketing a product as "patent pending", and have some protection over the invention. A provisional patent application requires you to make a written description, and provide drawings which will support the subject matter to be claimed in the later non-provisional application. It is important that the written description disclose the full scope of the invention, as the non-provisional patent can only be made based on common subject matter with the provisional patent application. For this reason, it is very important that your provisional patent describes the invention thoroughly. Legal advice is essential, but in order to describe your invention fully you may have to write much of the written description yourself.
How to Write a Provisional Patent Application
The process of writing a patent application , no matter how complicated your product or process is, begins simply: with a description. This description—together with the claims section , which defines the boundaries of patent protection—is often referred to as the specification. As the word suggests, in these sections of the patent application you specify what your machine or process is and how it differs from previous patents and technology. The description starts off with general background information and progresses to increasingly detailed information about your machine or process and its parts.
If you are reading this article, there is a good chance you know what a Provisional Patent Application is and is not. Let me start with a little background about Alpine Engineering and Design. We are a mechanical engineering firm who has become extremely familiar with the patent process through obtaining over 75 patents, and by working as expert witnesses on numerous patent lawsuits.