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Hi everyone, I’m J.D. Houvener, your host of the Bold Today Show, where you, the entrepreneur or business owner, get your daily dose of inspiration so that you can go make the world a better place. All right, we’re in the tail end of our series on frequently asked questions, thank you for everyone who’s supplied the great number of questions and comments on our posts so far in this series. We are answering the frequently asked questions of our inventor clients and those prospective clients that we get on the phone with in our free, thirty-minute consultations. We field questions from all around the country because of the nature of our law firm--we’re virtual, meaning we can handle representation in any part of the country. And so, with patent law being federal, it’s a really big benefit to us to be able to serve a nice, big, broad community of inventors, and it’s served us really well to get that knowledge base up and running. So thank you for being a part of this Bold Today Show, and if you know of anyone that might be able to benefit from this as well, just forward the email to them, pause the video right now and just send the email so they’ve got the ability to gain that knowledge in this daily, two- or three-minute impactful message every day. So today, I want to cover one of the most important subjects that I get asked about. What is the difference between a provisional and a non-provisional patent application? And while I could talk about this for an hour, I want to give you the really high-level bullet points on what the difference is. A provisional patent application is an informal application, one that purely locks in the priority date. And a priority date means the filing date, right, the fact that you, the inventor, say that this date is the date I submitted my invention to the patent office. And so, anyone else out there, right, in the world, that is conceiving the same invention--it’s the fact that you filed it first. That’s what gives you the rights, so if they’re out there independently creating the same thing you are, it’s a race to the patent office, baby. And so that is the reason why you want to file a provisional. You work with the patent attorney to make sure that the specification, right, the written description, and the drawings about that provisional, are articulated in a broad manner to cover as much as you can about what you’ve just created, what your invention is. A non-provisional is really the opposite, it’s a much more formal application, it has very specific sections, and requires formal drawings to be created. And of course, the most important part are the claims. The claims of the patent are what you articulate, with your patent attorney, in words, English words, about what it is that you own, what you’re staking your claim on. And you’re saying you’re the first ever to have done this and provided this novel functionality. So, one of the beauties of this is that the provisional and the non-provisional work very well in tandem. The provisional gets filed first, and you get an entire year, right, twelve months, to then file a non-provisional patent application. So that gives you a lot of time to potentially test the market, build a prototype, talk with investors, and make sure that your product is something that you’re going to be able to benefit from in the market. And so that twelve month period is a wonderful grace period to allow you to then file that non-provisional and actually carve out those words and make reference back all the way to that provisional, so you get that early filing date. So I know I talked about a lot, I tried to break it down as simplest as I could, but I know there’s more people out there that may have additional questions. If you do, please go to boldpatents.com, or give us a call to learn more about it at 800-849-1913. If you’re a researcher like me, you can always go to our website and download a copy of our free book, Bold Ideas: The Inventor’s Guide to Patents. I authored that just a couple years ago, and I’m excited that you’d be able to get that for free PDF download on our website. I’m your host, J.D. Houvener. Thank you for being with me here today. Have a great day, everybody. Go big. Go bold.
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