How Long Does it Take to File a Provisional Patent?

How Long Does it Take to File a Provisional Patent?

Here is an example of an inquiry Corridor Law recently received via email:

"Hello. How long does it take to file a provisional patent? What's the typical lead time needed? I'm attending a trade show next week and it might be helpful to have (a provisional patent application) in place so I can speak more openly with potential partners there."

Every week, we receive similar calls and email inquiries from prospective clients asking "how quickly we can file a provisional patent application.” Whether it’s a meeting with potential investors or an upcoming trade show, it's a fairly common occurrence for individuals and startup companies to find themselves in a situation where they want to share an idea or reveal a product, but have not yet acquired the necessary protection.

In the interest of clients who need a quick solution to protect their ideas, we designed our IP Fast Track Program to get them the intellectual property protection they need both quickly and efficiently. Our IP Fast Track Program is designed for innovators who require solid protection and fast "patent pending" status.

While there are cheap online patent services, we at Corridor Law believe that if an idea is worth protecting (and we’ll tell you if it’s not) then obtaining the right protection requires the skill and expertise of an experienced patent attorney. All of our clients receive direct professional counsel and expert advice from our experienced patent attorneys.

Via our IP Fast Track Program, our new clients are usually able to attend their trade shows or business meetings within as little as a couple days from our initial contact, with the peace of mind that their idea is protected.

In summary, here's the good news! There is a way to obtain solid IP protection with a quick turnaround. So if you're in a hurry, let's talk.


Words To Avoid When Filing Patent Applications

Words To Avoid When Filing Patent Applications

Patents are legal, technical and business documents directed to several potential audiences, at the same time. The first consideration when writing a patent application is to know your audience.

Be Aware of Your Audience
  • Corporate management and directors
  • Potential investors and strategic partners
  • Competitors
  • Professional colleagues
  • Examiners
  • Patent examiners
  • Judges and juries

Over the years, we’ve noticed many common mistakes made by inventors and inexperienced attorneys when writing patent applications. Here are a few:

Common Mistakes
  • Using emphatic terms
  • Using “hot button” statutory terms
  • Using different words for the same concept
  • Using legal jargon and abbreviations

Here are some examples of emphatic terms, statutory terms and abbreviations to be avoided:

  • Terms like “necessary, essential, critical” in favor of the terms “preferred, desirable”
  • The using the words “maximize, minimize, optimize” in favor of “increase, decrease, improve”
  • The using the words “always, never, any, all” in favor of “usually, seldom, at least some”
  • The terms “obvious, person skilled in the art”. They are “hot button” statutory terms that have specific connotations you may not wish to be saddled with
  • Using abbreviations like “e.g., i.e.” since they are often confused and few people even know what they stand for
  • Using the term “invention!” (Look for a future blog post explaining why)

The mistakes we just outlined can undermine the process, giving others an easy path to work around your patent.

Most patent attorneys approach patent writing as a mechanical exercise and don’t know how, or don’t work hard enough, to bulletproof a patent. Corridor Law Group’s attorneys comb through your initial IP disclosures for words to be avoided, as well as terms or abbreviations that could work against you, to craft a formidable patent application that will be respected by all who encounter it.

Finding the right patent attorney to write and file a solid patent application is the key to protecting your intellectual property. Considering what your ideas or invention could be worth when they go to market; crafting a solid patent applications is a wise investment.

Corridor Law Group offers our new clients a free, confidential, 20-minute phone consultation to discuss whether and how a solid patent application can help your business. No obligations. We invite you to schedule your call with a Patent Attorney from our firm today, just click right here to get get your process started.

The Truth About Cheap Online Patent Services

The Truth About Cheap Online Patent Services

There are many options online to file a patent application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Online services like "Legal Zoom" and "Patent Wizard" simply file your patent application for you “as-is” using your own drawings and your own description. There's no attorney actually involved with you in the process. You end up spending about $100 dollars plus the filing fees. And, frankly, you’re getting as little as you’re paying for.

Some of these websites may have software to guide you, but again, there is no experienced, registered Patent Attorney reviewing, editing, and advising you on the best way to secure patent protection for your idea. You might as well write and file the patent application yourself.

Professionally-prepared provisional patent applications vs. cheap online patent services

Corridor Law Group offers a service we call our IP Fast Track Program. The key difference is this: an experienced, registered Patent Attorney consults with you, first by phone (or email if you prefer) to assess your idea for patent protection. Your Patent Attorney then guides you in identifying and describing what’s new and advantageous about your idea. Your Patent Attorney will edit and enhance your description and file a patent application that will provide solid protection for your idea as you proceed with its commercialization. We believe a good idea is worth protecting properly.