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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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?Thomas

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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 … Continue reading

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Do they examine provisional patent applications?

niksag_3000 asked: If I file a provisional patent application and then use the 12 months to see how to make,sell and market this product, will it be protected? How would I know if it does not exist? I know when … Continue reading

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What questions should I ask an IP Lawyer regarding a Provisional Patent Application?

asked: I’m looking to file a Provisional Patent Application for a product. What should I ask the lawyer? i.e. what services should I expect to receive for the fees I’d be paying?Leon

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Cost of filing patent if it fails?

kelpman asked: I am trying to gauge the cost of failure. Say you file a non-provisional patent and it is not granted. Not including attorney fees, how much would it cost you? I see on the USPTO fee page that … Continue reading

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are there any negatives to filing a provisional patent application?

nati22 asked: can you limit your claims or ramifications for your nonprovisional app by improperly wording your provisional app? Or does it just serve as a place holder and you can adjust whatever is necessary when you file your official … Continue reading

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USA Prov. Patent filed with PCT. What is the time limit to file in Canada and Europe?

John N asked: I filed a provisional patent in the US in Dec. of 2007. PCT has been granted. What is the time limit to file for protection in Canada and Europe? How much should I initially expect to pay … Continue reading

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