Getting a patent can be a laborious and extremely intricate procedure. Hiring a patent attorney is highly suggested. Intellectual Pats wants to assist you to be able to make an informed choice when it concerns working with a patent attorney or patent agent.
Initially, we must talk about the differences between a provisional patent application and a non provisional patent application. A provisional application can be a useful tool if you want to acquire a patent while your idea is still being refined but needs protection so you can disclose and raise funds, etc. A non-provisional patent application must be filed one year after the provisional. That year to file a non-provisional patent will allow you to refine the idea and be better able to identify the patentable idea. Provisional patent applications do not need a particular format, do not require a complicated “claims” area, and are not examined by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”).
Non-Provisional and Provisional Patent Applications
The benefits of a provisional application are ease of preparation, lower cost, and you can make use of the term “patent pending” for your product. If you are at the early stages of the innovation procedure, need to conserve money, and understand the risks, completing a provisional patent application may be the best choice for you. Nevertheless, if you have an extremely valuable and lucrative product, it is highly advised that you employ a patent attorney or patent agent to submit a non-provisional patent application. An appointment with a patent attorney will offer helpful information on exactly what you should prepare and exactly how you compose a patent application.
How to Write a Patent Application
The non-provisional application filing establishes the filing date of your patent application and after your patent is filed, it begins the examination and analysis procedure within the USPTO. A non-provisional application has a lengthy list of demands and is significantly more expensive than a provisional application. Employing an attorney to file this application for you is the best alternative. Patent attorneys and patent agents have specialized understanding and sets of abilities that enable them to both efficiently and effectively complete the patent application.
You can discover more about the distinctions between provisional and non-provisional patents, along with additional info regarding the patent application process at the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Patent Application Cost and Fees
First, the patent application fee (for most) is $400 or $730 for a non-provisional utility application.
Next, almost all patent applications require formal illustrations (patent drawings). Unless you know how to provide professional illustrations that meet the USPTO regulations you should plan on spending around $300 to $1,000 to have the formal illustrations done by a professional who is familiar with patent illustration drawings.
Lawyer fees for drafting a provisional patent application can average around $1,000 to 2,000 and for a non-provisional can average $7,000 or much more depending on the complexity.
Intellectual Pats will connect you with seasoned attorneys who can help you patent an idea today!