A provisional patent application extends the deadline for filing a utility patent application by one year and it is less expensive to file than a utility patent application. A utility patent application must be filed however, within on year of filing the provisional patent application because the provisional application does not result in an issued, enforceable patent.
We have three options to help you to file a Provisional Patent Application:
1.Online Self-prepared Provisional Patent Application ($195 plus filing cost of $130 for small entity).
This is a fully self-prepared “as-is” filing. It is the least expensive way to obtain an early filing date but does not benefit from a review by a licensed US Patent Attorney.
2. Online Self-prepared-plus Provisional Patent Application ($490 plus filing cost of $130 for small entity).
This option includes a review by a licensed US Patent Attorney to be sure the application includes all elements necessary to obtain a filing date and also includes docketing your Provisional Patent Application in our calendar to remind you of when a Non-provisional Patent Application must be filed.
3. In house preparation by licensed US Patent Attorney ($3,250.00 for most applications, of which $1,250.00 is applied to the cost of preparing and filing a utility patent application).
This is the most expensive option but also provides a full review and editing of the application contents by a licensed US Patent Attorney.
As with any patent application, it is advisable to have a patentability search conducted at the US Patent and Trademark Office. A search provides you with information about the prior art