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The Benefits of a Provisional Patent Application

Written by Gene Quinn
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Posted: Nov 26, 2011 @ 2:48 pm
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is a US Patent Attorney, law professor and the founder of IPWatchdog.com. He is also a principal lecturer in the top patent bar review course in the nation, which helps aspiring patent attorneys and patent agents prepare themselves to pass the patent bar exam. Gene started the widely popular intellectual property website IPWatchdog.com in 1999, and since that time the site has had many millions of unique visitors. Gene has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the LA Times, USA Today, CNN Money, NPR and various other newspapers and magazines worldwide. He represents individuals, small businesses and start-up corporations. As an electrical engineer with a computer engineering focus his specialty is electronic and computer devices, Internet applications, software and business methods.

 

 


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  1. Gene,

    The primary benefit, especially when March 16, 2013 arrives: getting that first “date stake” in the ground.

  2. gene, would this be the best route for a consumer electronic device, which may have various iterations of circuitry, an/or software?

  3. Matt G-

    Filing a provisional patent application is particularly appropriate where the product is in development. As you learn more you can file a new provisional patent application (if warranted) and then wrap all the provisionals filed within 12 months into one, single non-provisional patent application. The benefit of doing this is you get the earliest priority date possible with respect to each iteration of the invention.

    -Gene

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