How to Patent Your Invention – Provisional Patent Filing Made Easy and Affordable
The Invent + Patent System™ is an innovative approach to the patent process that will assist you in drafting your own Provisional Patent Application. This is a 100% Do-It-Yourself system that will help you think about different aspects of your invention you might not otherwise have thought of, but which are essential when drafting a Provisional Patent Application. Once you go through the system you will be able to download an editable version of your Provisional Patent Application along with in-depth instructions on how to edit and file your provisional patent application at the USPTO (filing fees payable directly to the USPTO will apply).
The Invent + Patent System™ was significantly updated during in the first quarter of 2017, and we are excited to have launched our all new version, Version 5.0. Please watch the video below, which explains the philosophy behind the Invent + Patent System™ and shows you what you can expect.
Those who have not yet reached the invention stage can use the system to collect their thoughts and begin to pull their ideas together. Do you want to know how to patent your invention? To file a patent application you do not need to have a working prototype, you just need to be able to explain the invention so others could make and use the invention. With this in mind, the Invent + Patent System™ can be effectively used to coax users into formulating their ideas in a more tangible way so that the concepts can move from a pure idea into something descriptive enough to be legally viewed as an invention.
The Invent + Patent System™ can be used to create a Provisional Patent Application that can be filed by the inventor at the United States Patent Office.** At the completion of the online questionnaire, you will receive an editable provisional patent application template that includes instructions on how to tweak the application in the preparation of filing it. You will also receive detailed filing instructions and a link to a fillable version of the required cover sheet that you will need to include when file your provisional patent application at the Unites States Patent and Trademark Office. **
The Invent + Patent System™ can be used by those who want to take the first step toward filing a nonprovisional utility patent application with the United States Patent Office or filing an international patent application with the United States Patent Office. You can use the system to collect all the information necessary to turn over to a patent attorney who will then be in a much better position to actually begin drafting a nonprovisional patent application on your behalf.
In this incarnation, the system provides far greater efficiencies than simply working with a patent attorney following the traditional approach. This is because in the traditional situation an inventor contacts a patent attorney with an idea, or perhaps a sketch and a few paragraphs of text. The attorney then must try to interpret this information and put it into the format required to file a patent application. The procedure could involve many sessions – back and forth – between the inventor and attorney before a satisfactory first draft could be produced. That process is slow, expensive and frustrating. Ultimately, an application would be filed not because it has covered the invention to the fullest extent possible but because the inventor could not afford to pay the patent attorney to spend any additional time working on the application.
By using the Invent + Patent System™ you essentially pay the patent attorney for adding value rather than figuring out what your invention is in the first place. This leads to a far more complete patent application, which ultimately means better, stronger, broader patent rights are achieved. Our experience also shows that those who faithfully and carefully follow the instructions throughout the Invent + Patent System™ will provide so much detailed information that the cost of preparing and filing a nonprovisional patent application will be significantly reduced. As a general rule, the more you can do before you go to an attorney the more time and money you will save. Using the Invent + Patent System™ will save you far more time and money than it costs to use.
The Invent + Patent System™ is a self-help system and the use of this system will not create any attorney-client representation relationship. IPWatchdog, Inc. and/or its employees and independent contractors will not represent the customers in any capacity, including before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Among other things, this means that no patent application will be filed by or on behalf of the user submitting this questionnaire. Notwithstanding, Gene Quinn is a patent attorney (Reg. No. 44,294) and is required to keep all information he receives relating to inventions confidential even if no representation relationship exists. The staff of IPWatchdog, Inc. are likewise required to keep information confidential. To specifically put any concerns to rest we have our Confidentiality Pledge on our website at http://www.ipwatchdog.com/about/confidentiality-pledge/.
PLEASE NOTE: No legal or consulting services will be provided or representation undertaken except after entering into a written representation agreement and the payment of the required retainer.
Q: When I purchase the system, will I be get a package in the mail?
A: No. The Invent + Patent system is an Online system, so you will not receive anything by mail. Once you register for our system and purchase your first application, you will be taken to the dashboard where you will be able to start your application as well as download and view the application once it is complete. You will also get a confirmation email with the URL to access the system at a later date. We’d suggest you save this email for future reference.
Q: Will you file the PPA for me once I go through he system?
A: No, this is a do it yourself system which included you filing the application with the USPTO, and paying the filing fees to the USPTO on your own behalf.
Q: How many times can I use the system for the $99 fee?
A: When you purchase the Invent + Patent System for $99, you get to use the system one time for one invention. However, on the dashboard of the system, you will have the ability to purchase additional applications for other inventions.
Q: Can I use your system to create a Nonprovisional Patent Application?
A: No. The Invent + Patent System™ is a system that will assist you in drafting your own Provisional Patent Application only. There are far more requirements for a nonprovisional patent application that if are not met, will result in your application being rejected.
Q: Do you offer support on this system?
A: This is a 100% Do-it-yourself Provisional Patent Application drafting system. If you cannot access the system, we can assist you with that. Otherwise, you will need to follow the instructions on how to prepare your application for filing.
Q: Will an attorney review my application before I file it?
A: This is not part of the $99 fee for using the Invent + Patent System™. But once you have gone through the system and completed the application, we do have an additional service that you can purchase in order to have an attorney review your application prior to filing.
Q: How does your system differ from my just going to the USPTO site and using theirs?
A: There is no system at the USPTO for drafting a patent application. You can only file your application on their site. Our system will take you step by step through the process of divulging the most pertinent information necessary for drafting your provisional patent application.
Q: If I use your system to draft my provisional patent, do I have to use IPWatchdog to draft my nonprovisional patent application?
A: No. Once you create your provisional patent application, you are free to work with whomever you would like to.
Q: Will IPWatchdog be my attorney when I file my provisional patent application?
A: IPWatchdog is not a law firm. And although Gene Quinn is a registered patent attorney, there is no contract or client attorney relationship created through the use of the system. Our system is a 100% Do-it-yourself PPA drafting system. So when you draft and file your application using this system, you are doing so as an individual inventor and you are NOT being represented by Gene Quinn or IPWatchdog.
Q: I filed my provisional patent application, now what?
A: Please note that this is only the first stage of a patent application. You will have 12 months from the date you file a provisional patent application to then file a nonprovisional patent application, otherwise, your provisional application will go abandoned.
Gene, I just finished using your “Invent+Patent” system. It was stunningly simple and helpful. I spent some substantial time attempting to explain and define my invention idea for the purposes of filing a provisional patent but kept hitting a brick wall. At some point in my research, I ran across your website and read through a lot of your freely available resources. It taught me a great deal. When I learned about your “Invent+Patent” system, I decided it was worth the $99 it would cost me to see if what you were saying would hold true to the end. Not only did it hold true, it was much more robust and succinct than I expected. I feel like I can submit my invention and documents with confidence and move forward towards a non-provisional patent. The I+P system made far more sense after reading through the dozens of articles and examples you guys have put together to help educate the public. The combination of free information and your point-by-point system is the only way anyone should approach this. Thank you for making the effort to provide this tool. I am a very satisfied client. Roy P. of Phoenix, AZ
I found the Invent + Patent System™ to be extremely helpful and an exceedingly worthwhile investment. Working through the system helped clarify my thinking and added some much needed discipline to the drafting process for my provisional patent application. The system provided helpful tips and examples, do’s and don’ts, and guided me through every step of drafting my disclosure narrative, and then told me where to plug in the information in the provisional application. I feel much more confident in my application as a result. It’s easily the best investment in legal expertise that I’ve ever made. Although many of us may have learned to be skeptical of the various “systems” sold on the Web, there was nothing in the least bit gimmicky about this product. There was no “up selling” and no “hold-backs” involved. Everything I needed was provided in the basic package, including a template for the actual USPTO application. My experience throughout was that the program had been developed out of a sincere desire to help inventors avoid common patent drafting mistakes and establish the strongest possible foundation for their intellectual property claims. I am very grateful to have found the Invent + Patent system and would recommend it without qualification to anyone. Even if you plan to have an attorney help you with your provisional, you will save yourself hundreds if not thousands of dollars in legal bills by using this system first to hone your thinking and accurately articulate your invention. Linda. N, Redmond, OR
I purchased the Invent + Patent System™ this weekend and actually made it to the end, which I rarely do with things like that. I started Sunday late morning and had a patent application by 5pm, even with interruptions like walking the dog, playing with the energetic 6-year old and knocking out a few honey-dos. Granted, I still need to polish it a bit but the fact that your system directed me exactly where to place my answers on the application was unbelievably helpful. Great system! Mark. W., Dacula, GA
I recently purchased your Provisional Patent self-filing product and at first thought I may have been ripped off and behaved as such. I quickly saw I was very wrong and conveyed my sorrow for feeling that way. Your product was indeed every thing you claimed it to be and more. We are weeks down the road from that now and I must thank you again for the graceful way you handled my situation. It is rare in my experience to purchase a product in today’s environment that indeed lives up to it’s claims. You have surpassed your claims. When the time comes we would like for you to file the Non Provisional Application on our behalf. Thank you again for your $99 product but most of all thanks for your good ethics and character. Sal L., Burlington, NC
Gene, I wanted to thank you for your automated Patent Application process for filing the provisional patent. I gotta say, it’s brilliant… although i was confused at a couple of points, as it came together it all made sense. I ran it by an attorney, who said it would have cost me over $3000 to get this done and he had no changes to offer… So, thanks again for this incredible process. Joe G., Westport, CT
I recently used your Invent + Patent System™. I just wanted to thank you for providing such a worth while product. It was an absolute pleasure to use, and I found it extremely helpful. I was writing my provisional patent application under a tight time line and it was invaluable having the examples, and embedded notes easily accessible. Just when I thought it could not get better I realized you also provide a formatted template for submission, again invaluable in a crunch time situation like mine. Had it not been for this system, I doubt I would have been able to finish my application in time. It is not all that often I find a product or service that exceeds my expectations and truly seems like it was designed without deliberately holding anything back. Nothing prompting me to pay more if I wanted to have access to some additional features if upgrade to “pro”. Thank you Gene, for a product that did nothing short of what it said it would do. Imran M., Ontario, Canada
Inventors can use the Invent + Patent System™ to create their own Provisional Patent Applications, or they can use it to coach them through providing enough details about their ideas that a defined and documented invention begins to emerge. Inventors can also use the system, in preparation for working with a patent attorney, to guide them in getting the correct detailed information about their invention down on paper. The system enables the inventor to drive the invention and patent process by staying engaged throughout the process. By answering a series of specific, legally derived questions, the inventor provides extremely detailed information. Rather than wasting time, money and energy creating an acceptable patent application, the patent attorney can focus on adding the most value possible and expanding the description of the invention to provide the maximum protection possible.
The Invent + Patent System™ uses a unique mentored application writing process developed by Gene Quinn, a prominent US patent attorney and law professor. Gene has taught thousands of patent attorneys how to pass the rigorous US patent bar examination and has taught hundreds of patent attorneys how to draft patent applications, write patent claims and prosecute patent applications at the United States Patent Office. While teaching patent drafting courses he needed to devise a method for teaching law school students how to competently draft patent applications. As a result, he came up with a system that could easily teach law students and new attorneys how to draft applications. Based on this early success, the system was adapted for use with inventors. Early versions of the system have been in use since 2004, most prominently by LegalZoom.com, and have proved to be tremendously successful in both ensuring quality and reducing cost substantially. The latest version, Version 5.0, was released on March 24, 2017. It has been continually updated to ensure it continues to meet best practices in the industry with respect to drafting provisional patent applications.
The Invent + Patent System™ consists of 10 questions, and it is anticipated that for most inventions an inventor using the system for the first time will be able to thoughtfully and completely answer these 10 questions within about 60 minutes. The inventor will be guided through answering these questions with detailed explanation regarding the type of information the question is intending to collect. Also provided are suggested answer templates you can choose depending upon the subject matter of your invention. Each question also provides examples of suitable answers from a variety of technologies to give you an idea about the scope and depth of an appropriate answer. All example answers are taken from issued patents, but because the quality of issued patents is not always what one would hope for, these example answers have been modified and enhanced to better provide an illustrative response to the question presented.
The cost of using the Invent + Patent System™ is $99*. For this fee, you will gain access to this tool that you will use to put together the information necessary for a Provisional Patent Application. You will also receive links to the forms necessary for filing with the United States Patent Office, detailed filing instructions, an editable provisional patent application template and instructions on how to tweak and expand your description to create the finished provisional patent application that you can file with the United States Patent and Trademark Office**. If you are a small entity (i.e., an independent inventor or company with fewer than 500 people) the current filing fees (as of 01-2017) due to the US Patent Office will be $140. So the total cost to file a provisional patent application would be $239. If you qualify as a micro-entity the filing fee is less, only $65. You may also wish to obtain illustrations at an additional cost, or use your own illustrations, sketches or figures.
* If you purchase the system and choose not to use it, you have 30 days from the date of purchase to request a full refund. However, once the system has been accessed, no refunds will be given.
** Please note that this is a self-help system. The inventor is provided the resources and information necessary, but you are not purchasing an attorney service. The inventor is responsible for filing any patent application with the USPTO.
** For the cost of $99.00 you get to use the system one time for one invention only. You have the ability to purchase additional application for additional inventions should you choose to.