A non-provisional patent is commonly referred to as a “regular” patent application and it is the full standard application. Most people file this application online by mailing paper application documents to the U.S Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). This application consists of three main parts: background data, inventor information, and a detailed description. The application must contain detailed data sufficient to allow one who is skilled in the area, to replicate the patent, in order to be approved by the USPTO. A physical description of the entire invention must be accompanied by drawings when filing a non-provisional patent application.
Conditions of a Non-provisional Patent
A non-provisional patent application involves a simple process, but the filer has to be very diligent not to get rejected by the USPTO. When an application is filed to the USPTO, an examiner uses the materials provided in the claims and description sections to determine its suitability. If a non-provisional application is found to have some errors or improper claims, the examiner sends back the application for the filer to make revisions. In order to have your non-provisional patent reviewed in a timely manner, you need to always complete all the paper work, to avoid revisions that are usually sent back by the USPTO examiners. The non-provisional patent application is a complex legal document and must be filed correctly in order to avoid a lengthy patent pending status in the USPTO.
In order to file good claims, a patent application requires one to do a lot of research and make detailed drawings that outlines specific claims on a product or process. If you want to file a non-provisional application, it’s always recommendable to have an attorney proofread it and advise you on areas that may require some improvements. Before filing your non-provisional application, it is always a good idea to visit a patent library and conduct a prior search on different types of patents that have been previously filed for application. Having some basic background information on different types of patents can help you to make solid and detailed specifications in your non-provisional application.
What is the Difference Between Provisional and Non-Provisional Patents?
The main difference between a non-provisional and a provisional patent application is that a provisional application simply stays in-line for an examination, as the main placeholder. Provisional patents are not examined by the USPTO. A provisional application is only valid for 12 months. A non-provisional application must be filed within that timeframe. A non-provisional application is filed with all descriptions, drawings, oath, etc. and is examined by the USPTO.
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Instead of taking several months to write and submit your non-provisional patent application, always seek help from an experienced patent attorney in order to come up with legal specifications and detailed information for your application. A good attorney will help you find researched terms and conditions of a non-provisional patent. All non-provisional patents require specific details about the invention that you are patenting. A detailed application contains information such as background, names, and your claims on the invention. This information helps to describe what you want the patent to protect. With the help of a good attorney, you can get experienced advice on whether the patent will likely be granted or rejected. If you wish to consult a registered patent attorney do not hesitate to do so. In fact, you could call the number on the top of this page right now and have a FREE 15 minute consultation with an experienced intellectual property attorney!