If you have a unique idea or product, it is your IP and you should protect it. Do not lose your IP to public disclosure, i.e. pitch at an event, present at a conference or offer for sale without first protecting it. File a provisional application, secure your date of invention and begin marketing your technology as “patent pending.” You should also benefit from it. A strong provisional patent application could help you secure funding from investors or a licensing agreement with a corporate partner.
Think about your idea or product and what makes it special. It could be barely more than an idea in your head or it could be a fully functional product. Not to worry, our structured Wizard will help you capture all those details to ensure you file a complete, meaningful provisional application.
Simply answer each question to the best of your ability. There may be some sections that are not applicable to your idea or product. Keep in mind, the more you put down in each section, the stronger your application for patent.
In most questions we will specify a suggested minimum size for your answer. But do not feel limited by those constraints. Answers will vary but please be as detailed and thorough as possible. It only strengthens your application.
Unless your company is officially incorporated this value does include the personal income of inventors.
Yes. You are entitled to file as many provisional patent applications as needed.
First, ask yourself the question “who developed what part of the invention?” You should include the names of all individuals who contributed meaningfully during the development of your product. If you have freelancers writing your code, always have them execute an IP and a NDA agreements. Please be very judicious about who gets names as a co-inventor in the patent application. It is your call, but freelancers, collaborators, consultants and contractors do not typically count as inventors in the patent application.
Domain expertise can be characterized as formal education in this field (eg - university, trade school, etc.) or professional experience. If your education is non-formal, indicate what research you have done before inventing your product. Please also include any certificates, achievements, awards, published works, or prior patents in this response.
In this section, you should begin by describing what is available today. Then, you will get the chance to explain how your invention is an improvement upon what currently exists. The real key to helping you secure your invention rights is to help the patent examiner understand your work once you file the non-provisional patent application.
An inventive step is a feature that you have invented. It is what makes your invention novel or non obvious. This is the most critical part of the invention. You must articulate your inventive step in the earliest filed application to get credit to that application.
You do not have to submit any drawings at all. However, you might have a fairly complicated architecture in your application that could only be appreciated by way of a drawing. It would make your provisional application many times stronger. And, any and all drawings could serve as either explicit or implicit support for your non-provisional application.
The detail of your diagrams is up to your discretion, but they serve to help support your inventive concept. We suggest looking at examples of diagrams for patents similar to yours before submitting.
Only if your invention is too complex to show otherwise. There are online drawing tools that can help you sketch your design, or you can even draw them by hand. Under special circumstances, you may also submit a picture to the USPTO. In your diagrams, make sure to number, label and describe the key parts of your invention.
File every single day if you want. We do not believe in restricting your progress with hidden fees or user limits. Typically, our users file once or twice a month as new milestones are reached. Please keep in mind, government fees must be paid every time you file a new application.
This feature allows you to add another person(s) to the application. You can invite trusted members of your organization to collaborate before submitting, such as your co-inventors, a mentor or a patent attorney.