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Provisional Patent Applications (PPA), Cost Focused


Need to either buy time to raise funds? Need to disclose your idea to a 3rd party and need protection?  Or, maybe you need to do some market testing of your idea before investing in a regular (Utility) patent application?  Then, the below cost-focused Provisional Patent Application services will enable you to at least adequately cover the core of your product and/or service idea until you are ready to file the regular patent application within the one year allowed.  If your budget is very tight, yet better patent strength and scope is still important to you, then the "Drafting Basic Plus" level is highly recommended.


Provisional Patent Application Drafting Basic, Plus- $750

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This level of services is the same as the "Draft Basic" below plus it further includes a broad claim and greater patent scope/strength provisions, which better support the future Utility Patent strength and are required to preserve your International patent rights because many countries do not respect a Provisional Patent Application filing without at least a broad claim.

Provisional Drafting Basic, Plus- $750



Provisional Patent Application Drafting Basic- $550

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For inventors who want a legal professional to legally draft their Provisional Patent Application at a relatively low cost, and are not too concerned about patent scope or preserving there International patent rights, yet want their Provisional Patent Application to at least cover their core product/service idea and include basic legal “best practices.”

Provisional Patent Drafting Basic- $550

About Our Provisional Patent Application (PPA) Practice

There are some good reasons to file a Provisional Patent Application, however, it is not always a good idea.  To better acquaint yourself with Provisional Patent Application characteristics and considerations, you may want to review our FAQ on our Provisional Patent Application services and our overview on provisional applications before proceeding.

It is imperative to understand that although a Provisional Patent Application may written very informally (e.g., "cutting corners) to cut costs, if the Provisional Patent Application does not satisfy the multitude of “best practices” and legal requirements, you can easily lose some or all of your future patent protection rights.  Understandably, many small business and independent inventors have an economic incentive to file a Provisional Patent Application to attain presumed “Patent-Pending” legal protection while determining the invention’s market value before investing in the cost of a full non-provisional, Utility patent application.  

Bay Area IP recognizes that individual and small business inventors sometimes need a very affordable provisional “Patent-Pending” protection mechanism that they can use to either buy time to raise funds or for market testing their invention before investing in a non-provisional, Utility patent application.  Yet, other situation will have sufficient budget to procure a high quality Provisional Patent Application to protect a potentially seminal idea(s).  That is why we offer two categories of service- the first is our quality oriented provisional application service, which serves clients who wish to have a relatively good quality follow-on non-provisional, Utility patent application, and the other category is our cost-focused Provisional Patent Application practice, described in some detail below.

When it comes to getting provisional "Patent Pending" all provisional patent application services are NOT created equal.  Independent inventors, especially, should not be fooled to believe that Provisional Patent Application do not have the same quality or legal requirements than do full non-provisional, Utility patent applications.  If your Provisional Patent Application is legally or technically insufficient, for any reason it cannot be corrected after filing.  That is because, by law, no new information may added to Provisional Patent Applications; hence, any defects in the Provisional Patent Application will automatically be inherited into the non-provisional, Utility patent application.  In this way, if you have low quality Provisional Patent Application you likely will have a crippled or worthless corresponding non-provisional, Utility patent application.  Thus, not be you not only lose any patent protection you thought you had, yet, even worse, you will be barred from ever patenting your invention (Internationally as well) if it was ever publicly used or disclosed– a high risk to take just to avoid some relatively small upfront expenses.  This is why you should always procure the highest level of quality that you can afford.

This cost-focused category of provisional patent services below provides an ideal vehicle for the independent inventors who are more concerned about attaining a quick “Patent-Pending” status at very low cost so they can buy time to raise funds for a or test market their invention to determine its value before investing significant funds. 


Provisional Patent Application Drafting Basic- Plus

If cost is your most important constraint, yet you want to at least adequately cover the main aspects of your idea product and/or service, then the Basic Quality "Drafting Basic Plus" is highly recommended.  In this level of service you provide us a clear disclosure according to our instruction, we legally draft your Provisional Patent Application it to satisfy minimum legal requirements and implement basic legal safeguards. This level of services is the same as the "Draft Basic" below plus it further includes a broad claim and greater patent scope/strength provisions, which better support the future Utility Patent strength and is required to preserves your International patent rights because many countries do not respect a Provisional Patent Application filing without at least a broad claim. This is a good compromise between cost (e.g., "Drafting Basic" Provisional Patent Application) and quality (e.g., the "Good Quality" Provisional Patent Application).

Result:  Likely an OK quality non-provisional, Utility patent application, and you defer up to 80% in normal costs (depending on invention complexity) to the non-provisional, Utility patent application. This work generally proceeds as follows:

  1. In general, you provide us with a clear technical description of your invention for us to base our legal Provisional Patent Application writing upon. This can be accomplished in either of two ways:
    1. If time is a constraint, then simply fill out our Invention Disclosure Form in detail; or
    2. If quality is a priority, then prepare your submission according to detailed instructions we will provide you.
  2. We will take your clear invention description submission, and legally prepare a Provisional Patent Application that not only satisfies the minimum legal requirements, but supports an included broad claim and basic legal safeguards that provide significantly better quality support for a later filed utility patent application, which translates to stronger patent protection from any resulting patent issued. 
  3. Within about 2-3 weeks after receiving your clear Invention Disclosure and payment we will deliver to you a Provisional Patent Application suitable for filing with the US Patent Office.
  4. You then make any changes necessary to make the draft Provisional Patent Application technically accurate, and deliver the final version for filing with the US Patent Office.

Order the Provisional Patent Application Drafting Basic- Plus

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Provisional Patent Application Drafting Basic

For inventors who want a legal professional to legally draft their Provisional Patent Application at a relatively low cost, and are not too concerned about patent scope or preserving there International patent rights, yet want their Provisional Patent Application to at least cover their core product/service idea and include basic legal “best practices.” 

Key features includes the following:

  • We provide you instructions on how to put together your Invention Description submission.
  • We will take your clear invention disclosure, whether by way of an Invention Disclosure Form or your clear invention description, and prepare a Provisional Patent Application that not only satisfies the minimum legal requirements, but includes basic legal safeguards that provide significantly better quality support for a later filed utility patent application, which translates to stronger patent protection from any resulting patent issued.
  • Within about 2 weeks after receiving your clear Invention Disclosure and payment we will deliver to you by secure email or floppy disk a Provisional Patent Application suitable for filing with the US Patent Office.
  • You then make any changes necessary to make the draft Provisional Patent Application technically accurate, and deliver the final version
  • File your application electronically with the Patent Office.

Order Provisional Patent Application Drafting Basic



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