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Provisionals.
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Temporary
Functional Invention Registration
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“A provisional application for patent shall be made or authorized to be made by the inventor, …”
In 1995 35 U.S.C. 111(b) PROVISIONAL APPLICATION—(1) AUTHORIZATION
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The “Provisional Patent” is possibly the most misused and misunderstood instrument of the U.S. Patent Law. Fortress PATENTS / IP has exhaustive understanding of the Provisional Application to guide its proper use.
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Fees And Fee Examples
Each patent is different based on invention requirements and inventor need. Fees are a combination of Fortress PATENTS / IP professional service fess and USPTO filing, search, and examination fees.  Post filing prosecution fees will be determined when USPTO Office Actions occur.
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Fee Quotes and Fee Schedules
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Fee Examples
Fees vary based on service choice and inventor patent strength choices.
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Fee - 2016.09.29 - Summary Provisional 2
Permanent Patent – This examples shows a temporary patent application filing to lock in ownership, yet allow for adding improvements over the next 8 months, as well as other benefits.  The patent will then need to be formally filed.  See USPTO fees for formal filing fees or request a FREE Invention specific fee quote.
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Service Details of D I Y, D I Y, and FULL Service Options
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Button - Proper Provisional Use
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Button - FULL Service FREE Gifts
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USPTO Fee Savings Levels
See Fee menu tab and USPTO Fees for criteria details:
Micro Entity  – 75% USPTO Savings (a person, less than four patents, …)
Example – $230 D I Y, $540 D I Y Plus, and $1,925 FULL Service.
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Small Entity  – 50% USPTO Savings (a person, a small business, …)
Example – $270 D I Y, $580 D I Y Plus, and $1,965 FULL Service.
(Fee totals obtained by using Small Entity USPTO Fees shown in the table above.)
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Fee Payment Plans
See Fee menu tab and Professional Fees for details:
Pay By Phase – Prior Art Search, then Application / Drawings, then …
One Payment – Prior Art Search and Application / Drawings and …
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A Fee Savings Perspective
If a “Provisional Patent” is selected, in all reality the Provisional Application should simply be a full permanent Non-Provisional Utility Application, but filed with a simplified cover letter and simplified USPTO fee. This fully protects invention ownership and maximizes invention rights, protections, and market potential. It also readies the Provisional Application for Non-Provisional Application filing in 10 or 11 months with little additional preparation fees.
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Inventors like the Provisional Application because of the folklore of low cost, but then the inventors end up paying a second time to file the permanent Non-Provisional Application before the end of the 12th month. The lowest cost pathway to filing for a patent is to find a quality based patent service firm with lower service fees and file a full Non-Provisional Patent Application as Provisional Application. Inventors pay only once for patenting, so pays less in the long run and get true ownership, rights, protections, and market potential they desire and expect.
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Highlights and Considerations
Note these key consideration of the “Provisional Patent:”
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First-To-File Priority – The main purpose of the “Provisional Patent” is to establish a first-to-file priority date. All patent filings will do the same.
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12 Months Temporary – The application is only valid for 12 months. The invention must be converted or priority claimed in a permanent Utility patent before the end of the 12th month or the application will be abandoned and the invention likely barred from further patenting. Usually a permanent patent is file first without a “Provisional Patent.”
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Parking An Invention / Grants No Rights – Only the filing fee is paid to the USPTO. As such, there is no examination and so no rights are granted.
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Limited Simplification – There are three simplifications with the “Provisional Patent” – (1) a cover sheet only (no forms), (2) filing fee only (no other USPTO fees), (3) and claims are optional (but recommended). Many inventors do not realize that a full patent application with a complete and legal (A) description and (B) drawings are still required. This is equivalent to a permanent Utility.
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Fortress PATENTS / IP can help you secure with the proper use of a Provisional Application invention ownership and the broadest scope, strength, and strategic patenting for maximum rights, protections, and market potential.
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