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Patent Search and Provisional Patent Application
Special $179.95 price guaranteed only to first 10 people to sign up.

Brian R. Rayve My name is Brian Rayve, a former design engineer, product development manager, and patent attorney who founded the Invention Patenting Group and InventionPatenting.com to help inventors protect and make money from their inventions and new product ideas.

Are you a first-time inventor with a great idea for a new product but don't know what to do first? A best first step is to file a provisional patent application ASAP to lock-in "patent pending" for your invention. A description of your idea along with a serial number and filing date are then logged at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

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But wouldn't it be nice to know whether you can protect your idea up-front before you spend a lot of time and money assuming it can be patented? Well, for a limited number of inventors we are offering a free Patent Search with written patentability opinion (regularly $349.95) with your provisional patent application (regularly $477.00). This allows you to first see whether your idea is actually an invention that can be protected with a Utility Patent, so you can plan your business course-of-action accordingly.

If the patent search reveals that your idea is probably not patentable, you can still file the provisional patent application if there is any chance of patentability (i.e. we don't find your exact idea... which rarely occurs) and mark your product as "Patent Pending" or "Patent Applied For" to discourage people from copying it. You can also opt to not file a provisional patent application and receive a full refund for the provisional patent application. You simply cannot lose!

After you file your provisional patent application, you can seek out people who might want to buy the rights to your invention, find investors, find potential licensees for your invention, or contact manufacturers to make products based on your invention without worrying somebody will steal your invention from you.

1. Why do a patent search?

You typically have a professional patent search done with written patentability opinion to determine:

  1. Whether a utility patent is likely to be issued on your idea; and
  2. How broad the coverage of the patent that issues will likely be (ie. the likely value of your idea).

Our patent search utilizes a key word type search of U.S. Patents in the database of the United States Patent and Trademark Office USPTO. The written patentability opinion gives you an idea of whether a later-filed utility patent application filed within one year that claims priority of your provisional patent application will likely issue as a utility patent on your invention and the general scope of coverage of such patent.

However, this is not a guarantee or an absulute probabability since many factors can impact patentability including those patents and other written materials both domestic and foreign held by the USPTO and the Examiner assigned to your utility patent application.

2. What is a provisional patent application?

You can file a provisional patent application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to lock-in a filing date for your invention (i.e. a provisional patent application gives you patent pending for your invention) without the formal requirements and resulting much higher cost of a utility patent application (based on the "utility" or functionality of your invention). Your provisional patent application is not processed through the USPTO other than being assigned a serial number and a filing date. A provisional patent application cannot issue as a patent, but can under certain circumstances, be converted to a utility patent application (usually not done).

The main benefits of filing a provisional patent application are: 1) to receive a filing date from the USPTO as an easily provable date of inventorship (proof of earlier dates can be done if an issue arises between two or more inventors such as by using a witnessed/dated or notarized inventor's notebook); and 2) more quickly and cheaply meet a filing deadline imposed by the USPTO such as a statutory bar date or by the Paris Convention (an international patent treaty) prior to publicly disclosing your invention than filing a utility patent application. A provisional patent application remains confidential unless a utility patent application, a design patent application, or a Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) application is filed that claims priority of the provisional patent application.

A provisional patent application expires after twelve calendar months following the day of filing and cannot be revived. Therefore, you must file a utility patent application as a follow-up to your provisional patent application that claims the filing date (priority date) of your provisional patent application prior to expiration of the twelve month patent pending period following filing of your provisional patent application. Note that while a utility patent application can be based on your previously-filed provisional patent application, a design patent application (based on the "design" or outward appearance of your invention) cannot be based on your provisional patent application. Also, foreign patent applications in countries that are members of the Paris Convention if filed within one year of the filing date of the provisional patent application.

So, if you are an inventor with an invention but do not have the time and money needed for filing a utility patent application, you should file a provisional patent application.

3. How do you prepare my provisional patent application?

We make preparing and filing your provisional patent application easy, quick, and less expensive than most companies. Just follow our easy 4 step process:

  1. Complete the easy form below.

    Simply enter some basic information about your yourself and your invention. This takes about 5-10 minutes to complete. Your information is guaranteed to remain confidential.

  2. Securely pay our low sale price of $179.95 (regular price $477.00) - the $110.00 government filing fee extra and payable by you directly to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office).

    Following completion of the form online in step 1, you will be directed to a secure shopping cart for making payment using any major credit card.

  3. We create your Provisional Patent Application.

    We carefully review your answers on the form and any sketches or photos you might send us and completely prepare your provisional patent application in accordance with U.S. Patent Laws.

    • You review your prepared patent application, sign an inventor filing document, write a check directly to the U.S. Patent Office for the $110.00 filing fee, enclose everything in the Express Mail envelope, and mail it via U.S. Postal Service Express Mail.

    • You get "patent pending" the day your application is filed for one (1) full year. Note that you must have a "utility patent application" prepared and filed within the one (1) year "patent pending" period that claims priority of your provisional patent application to keep the filing date of your provisional patent application.
  4. Post-Filing.

    Once your application has received, the U.S. Patent Office will issue an Official Filing Receipt with your serial number and filing date directly to you, typically within about four to six weeks of you filing your patent application.

4. What does provisional patent application preparation include?

You get all of this:

  1. Professionally written disclosure that describes your invention in detail as required by the U.S. Patent Office.

  2. Hand or computer generated sketches of your invention commonly called "informal drawings".

  3. Complete filing paperwork ready for your signature.

  4. All guaranteed to be ready for your review and filing within 1-2 weeks of your sign-up.

  5. FREE follow-up consultation on how to best make money from your invention or new product idea.

5. Will my invention be kept confidential?

We guarantee that all of your information will be kept strictly confidential. You can print out a confidentiality agreement for your records.

6. Do you offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee?

100% Money Back Guarantee Your Satisfaction is Guaranteed!

If you are not satisfied with your prepared provisional patent application for any reason within 90 days of receiving it, we will refund your purchase price in full.

You have everything to gain and absolutely nothing to lose!

7. How do I get started right now?

We need the following information to begin preparation of your Provisional Patent Application. If you do not have some of the information, enter what you have or your "best guess". We can add or correct it later if need be. Your information is held in strict privacy and will never be divulged to anyone without your express approval.

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* Note that this submits your information to us but in no way obligates you to pay. You may call us to access the information a later date. As always, your information remains confidential. Obviously we cannot guarantee any discount prices into the future if you choose not to pay now.

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