Provisional Patent Video Course

Want to have someone do all the work for you to get your patent?
Find one of those “Invention Help Websites” and they will be happy to take a tidy sum to tell you they will get it done…. Then they will ask for another $5,000 to get it done.. Then on and on…

Or… Want to save a TON of money?
Then look at doing some parts yourself!

How To Get a Provisional Patent Application Yourself in 12 hours… YES.. It CAN be done…
What You want is called a Provisional Patent…. VERRRRY Powerful and INEXPENSIVE to get! 

Listen to the video below and if it sounds like you want to patent your invention then do not let the crazy lawyers talk you into putting up $5000 for a retainer to write your provisional patent OR have them do the same with a non-provisional patent.
Get a Provisional Patent BEFORE you spend the “big buks” on a non-provisional..
Take a look at the video course here: Provisional Patent Video Course Grab your Free Non Disclosure Document I have on that page if nothing else! It is a very well crafted Mutual Non Disclosure Document that will be welcomed by nearly EVERY business entity!
Of course your provisional patent is the ULTIMATE protection with the Patent Pending and the Federal protection afforded by a provisional patent!

Listen to this quick video..

How To File a Provisional Patent

The Top 10 Reasons to Get a Provisional Patnet..

Top 10 Reasons To Get a Provisional Patent

Now You have a Provisional Patent What Will you do with it!!?

What To Do With Your Provisional Patent

Take a look at the video course here:Provisional Patent Video Course


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Is a Provisional Patent Worth It?

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How Do I Write a Good Provisional Patent Application

Wondering where I can look to write a good provisional patent. The USPTO website is confusing and I do not get all the legal jargon and other places just tell me to hire a lawyer. I thought the Provisional Patent was geared for single inventors.

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Obtaining a Patent – Easy, Quick, Profitable

Bill Creen asked:

You’ve done a lot of work up to this point. You’ve come up with an innovative new idea. You refined and tested it. You’ve spent time doing online patent-searches. Your idea is patentable and marketable. So now what?

Now it’s time to switch gears from being ‘creative’ to being ‘productive’. At this point, most of your free cash may have gone into getting your idea this far. Unless you have many thousands of additional dollars for a patent attorney or a patent agent, you may want to follow take the following steps to reach your dreams as an inventor.

Efforts will now need to focus on contacting third parties. These will be people and companies that can bid against one another to take your invention to market. You will negotiate among the competitors to determine who will provide you with the best “deal”.

You may receive signing fees, bonuses, royalties and licensing fees. The party you select and ‘assign’ will foot the bill for the full patent — BUT ALL OF THIS ASSUMES YOU HAVE TAKEN ONE INITIAL CRITICAL FIRST STEP: TO PROTECT YOURSELF!

You need to have obtained a provisional patent – known as ‘patent pending’ – for your invention. Doing this will safeguard your idea for twelve months. During that time, no one to whom you show your secrets will be able to copy or steal it from you.

A provisional patent application must be filed with the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). A nominal filing fee must accompany the application, as well as the correctly completed forms, a description of your invention, and an optional drawing (highly recommended). The fee at this writing is $110 for a ‘small entity’ such as an individual; be sure to include the properly-completed small-entity declaration form.

Perhaps the most time-consuming and frustrating aspect of making this filing, is the potentially countless hours you may have to spend, wading thru the dozens of posted forms at the USPTO website. Then you’ll have to carefully read – and re-read – the government-ese language that instructs you on how to fill out the forms.

Not every line on every form must be completed – and that assumes you’ve properly determined which forms are actually required… Even though this seems like a major hassle and one last ‘hoop’ to jump through, you must obtain either a provisional patent, or a full patent, before you begin exposing your ideas to third parties.

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Can I use photos when filing a Provisional Patent Application (PPA)?

Einstein asked:

Websites on filing patents yourself seem divided in opinion on this matter. Some recommending photographs, others almost insisting I submit drawings in India ink.

What’s the bottom line? Provisional patents are only good for a year; not much danger of a photograph fading in a year..


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Four Criteria For a Successful Patent

Michael Kapp asked:

One of the most difficult decisions for a small business is determining whether to pursue patent protection for a new product idea. Filing for even a single patent can be a financial burden for a small company as the initial cost of obtaining a utility patent is typically $10,000 or more. With most studies showing that 90% or more of all U.S. patents have no commercial value, the decision to pursue a patent should be made very carefully.

Four criteria should be considered in evaluating the decision to pursue a patent.

1. Economic Value

The product or feature concept must have the potential of generating profit margins several times over the cost of the patent application and lifetime maintenance. If you are not sure whether a market will develop for the product or if enough of the product can be sold to generate sufficient returns, then you may want to apply for a provisional patent. This application can be done for a small cost, and effectively “holds your place” for a year, giving you additional time to study the market before filing the full non-provisional patent.

2. It is Core (Can’t Compete in the Future without it)

The goal is to cover an entirely new concept, so that no one can participate in the new market/product category without infringing the patent. If the patent is for a new feature or modification to an existing product concept, then the feature must have a strong possibility of becoming a requirement in the market. In other words, future versions of the product are expected to be non-saleable without the new feature.

3. No Viable Alternatives

Will your patent represent the only viable alternative to implement the concept or feature? It is no use pursuing a patent if there are several other ways to achieve the same thing – unless, of course, you are planning to patent all of them. Make sure that you have a competent patent attorney help you with your claims – covering both apparatus and methods. You want to leave no viable alternative which will allow a competitor to participate in the market/product category without infringing the patent.

4. Infringement should be Easily Detectable

Even it you meet the first three criteria, you may still decide not to pursue the patent if you will not be able to tell if a competitor is infringing the patent. This is especially the case with software or firmware. Will you be able to determine infringement from simply observing the product in operation? If not, will you have a workable plan to obtain competitive products and determine infringement? Will you need to examine a competitor’s source code to determine infringement? If so, how will this be done and at what cost?

Preferably, all four criteria should be met to justify a patent application, especially in a small company where a patent application represents a major financial investment. Using these four criteria, you can increase the probability that your company will achieve a financial return on the patent.

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Protect Your Invention – 2 Inexpensive Legal Ways

Arik Bannister asked:

There are two legal ways to protect your invention that you will want to consider before spending thousands of dollars on a patent. But before we get into that, you need to understand how intellectual property rights work.

Intellectual Property includes patents, trademarks, servicemarks, and copyrights.


A patent allows you to exclude others from making or selling the invention but does not grant you the right to make or sell an invention. Generally, the term of a new patent is 20 years, and U.S. patent grants are only effective within the United States.

There are three types of patents:

1) Utility patents cover processes, machines, articles of manufacture, composition of matter, or any new and useful improvement of something.

2) Design patents cover the design or look of an invention.

3) Plant patents cover asexually reproduced distinct and new varieties of plants.

A utility patent is the strongest patent an inventor can obtain to protect an idea and how it works.

A design patent, although significantly less expensive, will only protect the way your invention looks (shape, color, size, etc), not the way and reason it works.


A trademark is a word, name, or symbol used to distinguish your products from others. A servicemark is the same as a trademark except it identifies a provider of a service, not a product.
Trademark rights may be used to prevent others from using a similar mark, but not from making or selling the same products or service.


Copyright protects works of authorship: literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, etc. A copyright gives you exclusive rights to reproduce the creation, to distribute copies, and to perform or display the copyrighted work publicly.

A copyright protects the form of expression not the subject matter. So a description of a product can be copyrighted, but someone else could write a similar description, and even produce the product from your description, then market and sell the product. Copyrights are registered by the Copyright Office of the Library of Congress.

2 Economical forms of Intellectual Property protection

Two very economical forms of protection that you can use in the beginning stages of your idea are a Disclosure Document and a Provisional Patent.

A) The Disclosure Document Program allows you to send in a paper to the USPTO (United States Patent and Trademark Office) called the Disclosure Document, describing your invention, “as evidence of the date of conception” of your idea. This record is kept on file for two years, but this is not a patent application, so it will only give you minimal protection. In other words, you need to begin completing your invention and pursuing a patent ASAP. A disclosure document filing costs $10 at the time of this writing.

B) The Provisional Patent Application allows you to put “patent pending” on your product, allows you to file for a patent without a lot of red tape, and it allows you to file for a foreign patent in other countries. Filing a provisional patent also allows you to test your idea, find funding, perfect it, establish retail accounts, etc. However, it is only good for 12 months, and during that time you need to file for a full patent.

According to the USPTO, “inventors are strongly encouraged to file a provisional patent application instead of a Disclosure Document”. I highly recommend this strategy. It is quite beneficial and only costs $80 at the time of this writing.


Although this gives you a fair amount of information on intellectual property rights, you will likely get more complete information from a patent attorney. There are areas in which you may want to seek counsel, such as patent writing, and contract negotiation.

There is a great deal that you can learn on your own about writing patents by simply reading through patents that have been published. You can find these online at Familiarize yourself with this website, it has many tools that will help you learn more about protecting your ideas.

I learned how to write patents by reading patents that were similar to products I was developing until I began to recognize and understand the language used. This can help you whether you are writing your own patent or having an attorney do it. Either way, you should at least have an elementary grasp of how the document comes together.

As far as filing for copyrights, trademarks, or servicemarks, these things are as simple as following directions and filling out paperwork. For trademark, or servicemark forms, contact the USPTO by phone, mail, or email. For copyright forms, contact the Copyright Office of the Library of Congress.


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The Problem With Provisional Patent Applications

Andrew Schroeder asked:

The practice of using provisional applications used to be standard practice. Oftentimes, Provisional patent applications were drafted by the inventors and sent to the USPTO. As such, inventors would save a lot of time and money. Unfortunately, recent case law suggests that when provisional patent applications do not match up with the nonprovisional application, any ensuing litigation will be moot.

It used to be standard practice to send a provisional to the Patent Attorney for slight alterations. Unfortunately, these applications were poorly drafted and non enabling. In spite of this, it was an article of faith that as long as you filed the nonprovisional within one year you would be all right.

The main problem with this strategy is the fact that all of the elements and other enabling information must be in the provisional. Absent this information, the the resulting patent would not be enabled. Consequently, the patent would be void in a court room.

The concept of enablement boils down to whether the application describes all the parts, elements, embodiments necessary to teach one skilled in the art how to make and use the invention. As such, the specification and the drawings must be complete.

Chief amongst the reasons why inventors prefer provisionals is the belief that they can defer a large amount of the cost. Therefore, if they can just get patent pending, they can take care of the rest later.

However, provisional patent applications, when properly drafted should not be a substantial cost savings. At best, an inventor might save 20-25% of the attorney’s fees. The reason for this is that most of the time is spent drafting the specification and drawings. And in many cases, it is standard practice to write a specification around the claims anyway.

Having said all that, if you do decide to file a provisional make sure you have an experienced patent attorney draft the provisional. This provisional should include all of the embodiments, parts that an ordinary nonprovisional would include. Furthermore, in you must provide professional.

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Is it safe to file a provisional patent application on your own and then if your invention is successful?

niksag_3000 asked:

Should you hire a lawyer to file a non provisional patent application?

What is the process for filing a provisional patent application to a non provisional patent application?

Do you have protection if you file a provisional patent application overseas? Can you sell or market your invention to another country with a provisional patent application?


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Can a minor file a provisional patent? Is there any special paperwork that needs to be filed for a minor?

E F asked:

Should I list my father(an adult) and I ( a minor) as coinventors?

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