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By J.D. Houvener
Patent Attorney and Founder

Hi everyone I’m JD Houvener your host of the bold today’s show were you the entrepreneur or business owner it’s your daily dose of inspiration so you go make the world a better place all right we’re on the tail end of our series on frequently asked questions thank you for everyone who supplied the the great number of questions and comments on their post so far in the series we are we are answering the frequently asked questions from our inventor clients and those perspective clients that we got on the phone with in our free 30-minute consultation we filled questions from all around the country because of the nature of our law firm were virtual meaning we can we can handle representation in any part of the country and so with patent lobbying federal it’s a really big benefit to us to go to serve a nice big broad community of inventors and it served us really well to get that knowledge base up and running so thank you being a part of this bolt today’s 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 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 effect that you the inventor say that this date is data I submitted my invention to the Patent Office and so anyone anyone else out there right in the world that is conceiving the same invention it’s 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 it provisional you work with a patent attorney to make sure that that the specification right the written description and the drawings about that provisional are articulated and as 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 that has very specific sections and requires formal drawings to be created and of course the most important part are the claims the claims of patent are what you articulate with your patent attorney in words English words about what it is that you own what you’re staking a 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 patent the provisional and the non provisional work very well in 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 12-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 our website at bold patents calm or give us a call to learn more about it at eight hundred eight four nine one nine one three if you’re a researcher like me you can always go to our website and download a copy of our free book bold ideas inventor guides to patent 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 JD Houvener thank you for being with me here today have a great day everybody go big go bowl

About the Author
J.D. Houvener is a Registered USPTO Patent Attorney who has a strong interest in helping entrepreneurs and businesses thrive. J.D. leverages his technical background in engineering and experience in the aerospace industry to provide businesses with a unique perspective on their patent needs. He works with clients who are serious about investing in their intellectual assets and provides counsel on how to capitalize their patents in the market. If you have any questions regarding this article or patents in general, consider contacting J.D. at