What is a Non-Provisional Patent Application?
The non-provisional patent application is what most people think of when the someone mentions the term patent, and is the most common application type received by the USPTO. A Non-Provisional patent is for the protection of the utility of an invention unlike a design patent. The non-provisional patent can be a converted provisional patent application or it can be a completely new filing. Unlike provisional patent applications a non-provisional patent application does not expire after 12 months. The patent term for a Non-Provisional application is 20 years.