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Patent Pending: Drafting a Provisional Patent Application

Learn how to file for a provisional patent on your inventions without paying thousands of dollars to a patent lawyer.
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What Will I Learn?
Draft a provisional patent application
Brainstorm ideas and inventions for greater patent protection
File provisional patent applications with the United States Patent and Trademark Office
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  • Students should have a cursory knowledge of what a provisional patent is

Protect your invention by filing a provisional patent application today!

When the Constitution was passed, the founding fathers understood the need provide inventors with the ability to get patents. Unfortunately, this process can be expensive and confusing. However, provisional patent applications allow an inventor to reserve the right to get a patent and give the inventor a year to market and test his invention before having to go through the expense of filing a full patent application.

More importantly, once a provisional patent application has been filed on an invention, the inventor can legally state this his invention is patent pending.

Online legal service companies such as Nolo and LegalZoom charge up almost two hundred dollars per provisional patent application. Hiring an attorney will cost thousands more.

With this course, you will learn how to

  • Learn how to draft and file your own provisional patent applications from an experienced patent attorney.
  • Get brainstorming tips for strengthening your invention for a stronger a provisional patent application
  • Get access to all of the forms necessary to file a provisional application.

Buy this course now and begin the journey of being a successful entrepreneur and inventor.

Who is the target audience?
  • Any inventor looking to save thousands of dollars in attorney fees by filing their own provisional patent application
  • People who think that patents are get rich quick schemes should stay away
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 13 Lectures Collapse All 13 Lectures 01:52:03
3 Lectures 21:11

Learn about provisional patent applications and how the process will occur to file your own provisional patent application.

Preview 02:50

Understanding the parts of a provisional patent application and what rights it gives you.

Preview 05:12

Work on patent focused brainstorming ideas to expand the scope of your invention and fully recognize what potential is available.

Preview 13:09
Drafting Your Submission
6 Lectures 18:25

Drawings are an integral part of your provisional patent application. Understand the concepts behind them and whether you should hire a patent illustrator.

Drafting Your Drawings

This classic patent drawing is still a good example on how to number the different parts of your invention.

Sample Patent Drawing - Razor
1 page

The Super Soaker is a wonderful toy, and its patent has a great drawing of the invention. Its inventor receives millions of dollars per year licensing his patents to Hasbro.

Sample Patent Drawing - Super Soaker
1 page

How to draft the background section of your specification, including the state of the industry, prior art, and a brief description of your invention.

Drafting the Specification Part 1 - Background Section

Drafting the brief description of the drawings so that they can be better understood.

Drafting the Specification Part 2 - Brief Description of the Drawing

Learning how to draft the bulk of the specification - the detailed description of the invention.

Drafting the Specifiction Part 3 - Detailed Description
Filing Your Provisional Patent Application
2 Lectures 13:17

Filling out the cover sheet and other forms needed to file your provisional patent application.

Filing the Application by Express Mail

Don't forget to send you application USPS Express Mail.

Address for the United States Patent and Trademark Office
Sample Provisional Patent Applications
2 Lectures 00:00

This provisional application by Cisco shows the detail that should go into your provisional patent application.

Cisco VOIP Provisional Patent Application Sample
44 pages

IBM is the largest patent holder in the world, and they rely heavily on provisional patent applications. While short, this provisional application has a very good description of the prior art that shows why this invention is better than what had been done.

IBM Wireless Transport System Provisional Patent Application Sample
13 pages
About the Instructor
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Patent Lawyer

I have been a patent lawyer for over 12 years and have extensive experience in the acquisition, licensing, and litigation of patents. I have a B.S. in mathematics and worked as a software developer at one of the largest telecommunication companies in the United States. After realizing that full-time software development was not my calling, I attended law school at Columbia University in New York City.

After law school, I worked for the most prestigious law firm in Atlanta, GA handling all types of intellectual property matters for a variety of clients. I subsequently joined the largest patent boutique firm in the United States, where I focused on representing high tech companies in patent litigation matters. Since then, I have represented individual inventors and small businesses in all types of intellectual property matters.

I have represented individual inventors and small businesses in copyright, trademark, and patent matters against some of the largest companies in the United States and the world.

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