Provisional Patent Applications

The United States Patent Office (USPO) allows applications for provisional patents. Provisional patent applications provide many advantages for a product's testing of a particular market, and give the inventor an opportunity to make improvements and make a prototype of the invention. This process enables inventors to have the initial filing date, which can be quite helpful in a changing technological market.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

What does a provisional patent application require?
What are the benefits of filing provisional patent applications?
Should an applicant have a nondisclosure agreement with companies and individuals that have viewed the pending invention?
How did the URAA affect provisional applications and how should applicants use this change to their advantage?

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