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A provisional patent application establishes your priority filing date with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and lets you immediately start labeling your invention "patent pending." Thus, filing a provisional patent application secures priority against anyone who files for your invention after the filing date of the provisional patent application.
The provisional patent application lasts for 12 months after which a utility patent application must be filed. Thus, a provisional can delay the costly preparation and filing of a utility patent application until you can determine your funding requirements, market conditions and ultimate need for patent protection.
Securing a filing date to the applicant can be the first step toward obtaining a US patent or any international patents. This filing date cannot not mature into an issued patent unless the applicant files a non-provisional utility patent application within 12 months.
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Select Patents is a licensed law office based in California and we are focused on patents and intellectual property. This means we can provide legal advice relating to patents, trademarks, copyrights, and which intellectual property strategy is right for you. If you are interested in fast tracking a utility patent application rather than filing a provisional please check out the article "Fast tracking an application in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (1 of 4) - Track One Examination."
When you submit a provisional application online for a patent through the automated system provided at Select Patents, the provisional patent application fee includes completion of your patent application, preparation of provisional patent filing documents and drawings, and electronic filing of the provisional patent application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) through the EFS-web system. A government filing fee for patent applications also applies, this fee is typically $65 for most people. Optional services are available for additional costs, including professional review and consultation of your application with a registered Patent Attorney, professional drawings, and a patent search. Select Patents allows you to file for a provisional patent online quickly and efficiently. The Select Patents online automated provisional filing offers exceptional value and comes backed by dedicated customer support.