What is a Provisional Patent Application?
Ah the wonderful world of provisionals! As mentioned in the previous section, provisional patent application are a sort of “place holder” than one can employ to obtain an earlier filing date. This is beneficial as it can be used if there is strong competition in the subject matter being invented to ensure the applicant obtains the earlier filing date than a competitor. This can also be used if the inventor is attempting to sell his invention to ensure proper patent rights are being obtained before the invention is made available to the public.