Intellectual property is a complicated subject-matter. Very few are familiar with the patent process or the importance of patent filing and patent rights. For some, a trademark office is a place for an inventor applying for a patent or someone wary of competitor inventions.

You may not know it but patent laws, patent information, or even trademarks, copyright, and patents are relevant to you.

In today’s age, virtually everything can be patentable and considered as intellectual property. A patent application is filed for several reasons. Patent applications may involve a design patent, process patent, plant patent, invention patent, utility patent, or even a file patent. Filing patents involves a complicated application process. You need to do some patent research since you need to be familiar with such terms as patent law, patent protection, patent expiration, and other matters required by the US patent office.

Getting patent lawyers from a law-firm knowledgeable on patent registration, property-rights, patent fees, public disclosure, and the filing system will prevent you from obtaining a patent at a disadvantage. Make sure you are prepared before going to the US Patent and Treaty Office. One thing that a patent lawyer can explain to you about getting a patent is the difference between the provisional application and the non-provisional application.

Now the next questions are: When should you opt for a provisional patent application? Who should proceed with a nonprovisional patent application? 

Below are three things that you need to look into as you get a patent:

  1. Time

patent applicationA registered patent agent will be able to explain to you how disclosures and what you intend to do after factor into your decision. If you find the need to disclose your invention, do so. You will then have one full year to apply for a patent. Try to file a nonprovisional application prior to the set deadline. However, if you are given the chance to go to market or have upcoming meetings with potential investors that cannot be rescheduled, you may opt to have a provisional patent applied. If this time is not enough for you to go through the patent application process, you may opt to pursue a provisional one with the patent and trademark office.

  1. Funding

Getting a patent can be costly. If you would first need to save-up before filing a non-provisional patent application, an experienced patent attorney can guide you in filing a patent, a cheaper provisional one, at the USPTO. Given market considerations, you can then eventually file an application for a nonprovisional patent. You usually go through patent application for profit. The goal is to make money with the invention you disclosed by monopolizing the market. With a provisional application, you get a filing date for fewer costs. You can first test if there is a market before you file a nonprovisional application.

  1. Development

A provisional application is useful when you want coverage for your work while it is still in the final stages of development. It is possible that there is something you want to make but you are still exploring ways on how to do it. You may initially work on something but eventually, come up with an entirely different invention after several iterations. If you filed a patent application, a nonprovisional one, for an initial prototype that was drastically modified, you would have to start over and file a new application. In your provisional application, you can attempt to disclose the different potential iterations of your invention to get some flexibility for product development and finalization.

A PCT application can be stressful. A registered patent attorney will be able to explain to you in detail the above, in addition to explaining to you how to file an invention disclosure form, how to file a patent application, or how to obtain a patent.

There are several questions related to getting a patent: How are patent applications filed? What if I have never filed a patent before? How long does it take for the patent-office to process your application after the patent was filed? Trusted attorneys will ensure that when you file a patent, the best mode is used and the legal document that you are submitting comply with the government agency in-charge of copyrights and patents.

Getting a registered patent attorney will make sure that formalities related to your patent application are documented adequately and sufficiently. Contact our Washington patent attorneys at War IP Law for a free consultation.