Provisional Patent Application, How To
Provisional Application in the United States
In fact there is no such thing as a Provisional patent, only Provisional patent applications.
US patent laws provide for a special venue, the provisional application.
This type of application will not reach examination, rather it is automatically abandoned 12 months after its filing date; before its abandonment, you should file regular patent applications and/or an international PCT patent application.
What Protection is Best Suited For You?
More than 500,000 patent applications are filed each year in the United States.
Just a small portion of these are Provisional.
In Israel, however, many people file a Provisional first, then a PCT application a year later.
This strategy may not be the best for all situations.
We can advise you on the strategy best suited for your invention and business goals.
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