Provisional patent application is developed to protect the idea of old invention from copying. Old invention here means the idea of a particular invention was developed long back but the actual product is not brought into force till date. Inventors apply for a provisional patent application when the invention has a huge commercial demand and also to avoid the risk of unauthorized use of the idea.
Create a drawing of your invention to polish the idea on the invention. Patent law requires patent drawings to understand the details of the invention, its purpose and usage. The invention drawing or the patent drawing must disclose the details of the invention features. The drawings must be filed along with the provisional patent filing as explained in https://www.techtimes.com/articles/246245/20191127/why-inventhelp-is-essential-for-entrepreneurs.htm. The drawing must be in the particular form and should follow the rules of patent drawings as defined by the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s.
A cover sheet is also required to at the time of submitting the provisional patent to the USPTO. The cover sheet must contain details like invention title, inventors/inventor names, addresses, contact and correspondence details, patent attorney details like name and registration numbers, and any member interested in the invention.
After completing the formalities of provisional patent filing, the effective filing date of the particular patent is established and is sealed with a mark called “patent pending”. This will last for a duration of one year from the date of provisional patent filing.
It is required to conduct investigations of the previous inventions. This is to make sure that the invention is purely true, and it does not have any relation with the previous inventions. After verification of the provisional patent application, the patent examiners will start with the “prior art” process.
This process is for finding any similarities or duplication of idea of any previous inventions. In case of similarities with earlier inventions, the examiner will not grant the provisional patent application. Therefore, it is necessary to hire a patenting agency, like InventHelp, and conduct a basic patent research to avoid wasting time and efforts in the filing process.