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The USPTO's bimonthly publication for the independent inventor community

Provisional Applications for Patent

Providing Inventors More Time and Options

Independent inventors have used provisional patent applications for various purposes—to test the marketplace, attempt to gain financial backing, secure licensing agreements, and to further their product development.  However, many independent inventors have indicated that they would benefit from an extension of the provisional period for at least another year beyond the one year currently provided-for by law for provisional patent filings.  The reasons most often cited by inventors are that one year is just not sufficient time to find financial help, evaluate a product’s worth in the marketplace or to completely develop the invention for commercialization.

After hearing these concerns from many inventors across the country, the USPTO took a look at whether it can extend the current one-year requirement for converting a provisional application into a regular, non-provisional filing.

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Independent Inventors Gather at the USPTO to Share Ideas

On November 5, 2010, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) held the 15th annual Independent Inventors Conference at its headquarters in Alexandria, Va.

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Spark of Genius
Houston Inventors Association Helps Members Bring Inventions to Reality

New and old inventors alike are always looking for assistance in learning how to file for a patent, how to search, how to select a qualified individual in the field of filing patents. 

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Providing Inventors More Time and Options
By David Kappos: Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office
Independent Inventors Gather at the USPTO to Share Ideas
By Jeff Look : Office of the Chief Communications Officer
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Houston Inventors Association Helps Members Bring Inventions to Reality
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Resources in Your Own Backyard
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Where Inventors Meet
network
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