A utility provisional patent application is an excellent legal mechanism that may be used to quickly obtain a “Patent Pending” status for your invention (or innovative idea, concept, or design).

In general, a utility provisional patent application requires a description section that describes in great detail the actual inventive concept or design, and in most cases, it also requires a set of drawings that accompany the description.

In most cases, the decision to file a provisional utility patent application is based on business circumstances. For example, an individual inventor may not know how their product will sell. To reduce legal costs, inventors may simply file a utility provisional patent application first, “test” the market, and if the product launch is successful, continue with filing a utility non-provisional patent application.

As always, you are more than welcome to call or email Patent Law Agency, LLC if you have any comments or questions.

By Peter Ganjian

(Former United States Patent Examiner with the United States Patent and Trademark Office)

A Southern California based U.S. Registered Patent Agent with Patent Law Agency, LLC Serving the communities of Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, San Bernardino, Rancho Cucamonga, Ontario, Pasadena, Glendale, Burbank, and Arcadia.  Patent Law Agency, LLC also serves India, Brazil, Colombia, Japan, China, Europe and the European Patent Office, Canada, and many other locations.