DIY Topics:

7 Common Topics and Questions:

  1. Can I prepare and file my own patent application?
  2. Can I conduct my own patent search?
  3. Can I conduct my own market research to determine if there is a market for my idea?
  4. How can I protect my idea while investigating the market or developing the product?
  5. I have a patent, now what? 
  6. I want to sell a product that I’m not interested in patenting, can I?
  7. How do I make money with my product?

Some of our clients are interested in preparing  their own provisional patent applications.

Provisional Patent Application Template and Instructions

7 Common Topics and Questions:

  1. Can I prepare and file my own patent application?
  2. Can I conduct my own patent search?
  3. Can I conduct my own market research to determine if there is a market for my idea?
  4. How can I protect my idea while investigating the market or developing the product?
  5. I have a patent, now what?
  6. I want to sell a product that I’m not interested in patenting, can I?
  7. How do I make money with my product?

Some of our clients are interested in preparing their own provisional patent applications.

Provisional Patent Applications:

Some individuals do not have the financial resources to hire a patent attorney or simply prefer to prepare and file a patent application themselves or with a minimal amount of assistance. We understand!

Important Facts:

Are you interested in preparing a draft provisional patent application (PPA) but uncertain how the application should be formatted, how it should be written (1st person vs. 3rd person) and what information should it contain? If so, there are several important facts you need to know:

(1) The U. S. Patent System now a First to File System:

The U.S. Patent system is now a ‘first to file system’ and no longer a ‘first to invent system’. Therefore, it is important to file a provisional patent application (PPA) as soon as possible to establish a filing date ahead of a competitor.

(2) Provisional Patent Application Must be Enabling:

A provisional patent application (PPA) does not have to perfect but it must be ‘enabling’. This means that the written text and drawings must be sufficiently clear so that the ‘inventive concept’ of the invention is identified and a person skilled in the technical field could make or practice the invention described in the application.

(3) Your Use, Disclosure and Sales Activities may Impact Your Future Activities:

Who, how, and what you disclose or offer for sale after filing the provisional patent application (PPA) can impact your future plans. Contact us for more information.

(4) Non-provisional Patent Application (NPA) must be filed within One Year of the Provisional Patent Application Filing Date:

You must file the non-provisional patent application (NPA) within one year of the provisional patent application (PPA) filing date or you loose the priority filing date. Depending on your use, disclosure and sales activities, the failure to keep your PPA filing date could result in the irrevocable lost of your patent rights to the invention.

Recommended Steps:

For those interested in filing their own provisional patent applications (PPA), we recommend the following:

  1. Identify the invention’s core ‘inventive concept’. We recommend you use our Problem Solving Format.
  2. Identify all the potential commercial products or services that could be developed that would exploit or incorporate this ‘inventive concept’.
  3. Identify the product or service that has the greatest ‘valuation proposition’.
  4. Identify the party or parties who would be most interested in this product or service and who would pay for it if it was available.
  5. Write the provisional patent application (PPA) using our (PPA) template. Include one rough claim so that the provisional patent application (PPA) filing date may be used as a priority date for an international patent applicaiton (IPA) if you choose to file one.
  6. Prepare Patent Drawings. See our link: How to Make Patent Drawings Yourself
  7. Complete provisional patent application form and submit along with a PDF or Word doc the provisional patent application (PPA) to us to either review or file with U.S.P.T.O. see our Patent Reviewing and Editing Service.

    If you are interested in having us file the application for you or own your behalf, then check out our File 1st service

  8. Receive electronic receipt immediately.
  9. Receive Official Filing Receipt from the U.S.P.T.O. approx 10 days after submission.
  10. Mark 11th and 12th month anniversary dates from PPA filing date.

When these steps are followed, the final provisional patent application (PPA) is more concise and clearly identifies the key inventive concepts used in the invention. If these steps are not taken, features of the invention that you could have protected are left behind that competitors may exploit.

We also offer teleconferencing service via gotomeeting.com that allows us to explain and verbally show you on a computer display how a document should be written. We offer review, editorial, and revision services for clients in which we review their provisional patent applications prior to its submission to the U.S.P.T.O.

Check out the following links:

USPTO Guides to Filing Patent Applications: File a Provisional Application

DYI Patent Searches:

If you want more information on how to conduct a patent search, check out our Patent Search Info. Page and our Searching Resource page

If you’ve conducted your own patent search and need help analyzing the results, please contact us at (425) 637-3035, via text messaging at (206) 953-3035, or at: info@nwwpatents.com

DYI Patent Prosecution:

Received an Office Action but don’t know what to do? Check out our Amendment Preparation Guide

If you have need assistance correcting or amending a patent application after it has been file, with reviewing and analyzing an Office Action, preparing a Amendment, or amending an application after Notice of Allowance has been issued, please contact us at (425) 637-3035, via text messaging at (206) 953-3035, or at: info@nwpatents.com

DIY Commercialization:

Don’t know what to do after you have filed a patent application or have been granted a patent? Need help with branding or positioning? Contact us at (425) 637-3035, text message at (206) 953-3035 of at info@nwpatents.com

 

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