In US every patent is issued by a regulatory body known by the name of PTO (Patent and Trademark Office). Obtaining of a valid and an authentic patent can be a complex and a lengthy process that may take a lot of time and effort of the applicants. However, PTO has made a stipulation of a provisional patent application that is relatively easier to apply and has its validity for 12 months. However, within these 12 months the inventor has to obtain a valid patent for its invention.
This document is simple to apply and does not involve any major legalities or formalities. It is just an interim option that can be used until the status of patent remains awaited. Here we list out some useful tips and suggestions that would help in filing of a provisional patent document -
Acquire all document and annexure that come with the interim patent application form, do not miss any of the sheets. Deposit the required amount of fee and fill the form in clear and legible writing. The forms are easily available of the official website of the PTO. Download it and submit it after carefully filling it. Be specific with the required format of the application lest it may get rejected and cause many hassles.
- The interim patent application should have clear and concise specifications. Hire a technical writer who would give a professional touch to the document or it would lose its credibility. Use easy to understand terms and not confusion jargon. Explain not just the constructions of the product but also its working and maintenance.
- The document should also include its relevant drawings and diagram. They should be neatly labeled and properly marked.
At the time of depositing of a provisional patent application, ask for its deposit receipt. Though this form can be downloaded from the official site of PTO, it cannot be submit online. However, it can be certainly sent via registered mail. Do not forget to send a stamped and a self-addressed postcard with it that has the application number and various other relevant details that are clearly mentioned on it. In case of any disparity, the postcard would be mailed back to you.
Understand clearly that an interim patent would give protection to your invention only for a stipulated time of 12 months. Beyond this time period it would lose its relevance and utility.
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