Difference Between Provisional and Non-Provisional Patent

Posted by Michael Shimokaji | Jun 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

Question: What is the difference between a provisional and non-provisional patent? Question Detail: What is the difference between a provisional and non-provisional patent? How much would each cost? What would be more ideal if you want a product to be patented under your name?

Answer: A provisional serves a place holder in the patent office for your filing date. But it cannot become an issued patent.  A non-provisional can become an issued patent. Costs can vary widely.  Neither a provisional nor non-provisional is more ideal than the other if the factor is holding it under your name.

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Michael’s expertise includes the strategic development of patent and trademark portfolios. He identifies those patents and trademarks that are valuable to his clients by providing them with a competitive advantage. Then, Michael obtains patent and trademark registrations in the US and abroad.

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