The first question you may ask is: Do I need a lawyer to file a provisionally issued patent? Having a lawyer prepare your application can greatly increase your chances of getting the patent you want. It will also help you avoid making mistakes during the process, which could cost you more money down the line.

Filing a provisional patent application without a lawyer

Filing a provisional patent application without the help of a lawyer may be an option for some inventors, but you must consider certain risks. While you don’t need a lawyer, you can cut costs by preparing your own application and submitting it yourself. The priority of your application depends on how clearly you describe your invention. In addition, you can save money by preparing and writing your own application.

Before you file your provisional patent application, make sure that your invention is truly unique. It’s a waste of time to file for a patent if there are already other people with the same idea. You can verify whether or not your invention is unique by conducting a patent search on the United States Patent and Trademark Office website or using the World Intellectual Property Organization’s website. You may also want to do a claims patent search to confirm that the invention you are submitting is not already being used.

A provisional patent application does not get a thorough examination by a patent examiner. As such, you should contact an attorney before filing your full patent application. Even if you’re using an online service, you can still benefit from a professional patent attorney’s expertise. In addition to getting advice from a lawyer, ContractsCounsel connects clients with trademark lawyers, so you can obtain the protection you need for your invention.

While filing a provisional patent application without a legal expert might seem daunting, there are many benefits. Filing a provisional patent application means you’ll be first to market, which gives you a better chance of making money. A well-written application will also inform potential investors about your new product. In the long run, it will help you get financing or licensing. You may be able to use the money you saved to hire a lawyer to protect your invention.

A provisional patent application (PPA) is much easier to file than a standard patent application. It generally involves less work, but it does require many hours of research, as well as a lot of time to write and draw your invention. For this reason, you must have strong writing skills. You must present the information in a concise and readable way without using arcane terms. If you’ve been researching your idea, it is time to file a provisional patent application.

Cost of filing a provisional patent

Filing a provisional patent is a relatively low-cost option. The cost of filing a provisional patent is only $800 for small entities. The costs of filing a full patent application range between $5,000 and $7,500. Patent attorneys are highly-qualified and can help you with the process. You should set aside at least that much for the application process. If you plan on hiring a patent attorney, make sure that you choose one that has advanced technical degrees.

When determining the cost of filing a provisional patent, you should consider the number of published applications and patents that are in your industry. When the patenting field is overcrowded, companies need to draw fine distinctions to distinguish their invention from similar products. The more prior art innovations you’ve encountered, the higher the cost. If you’re a start-up company, be prepared to pay 1.5 to 2 times the estimated ballpark figures.

While the costs of filing a provisional patent application are lower than those of a full-blown utility patent application, they are still higher than those of a non-provisional application. This is due to the fact that provisional patent applications require more information. Therefore, hiring a lawyer to assist you can help you avoid costly mistakes. If you file your application incorrectly, you will need to hire another lawyer to fix the mistakes.

The process of patenting your invention takes a significant amount of time. However, there are many benefits to hiring a patent attorney. Not only will they provide you with insight into your risk moving forward, but they will give you a breakdown of the costs involved. The first consultation can vary in length, but typically lasts 30 to 60 minutes. During this time, the attorney and you will discuss your invention and whether you are eligible for patent protection.

Requirements for filing a provisional patent application

Listed below are the requirements for filing a provisional patent application.

This type of patent application must meet all of the legal requirements of the US patent law.

  • The description of the invention must be thorough and include any drawings necessary to explain the product. It should also contain a high level of detail, since anything omitted is not considered part of the invention. Provisional patent applications must also contain sufficient detail to protect the invention from competitors.
  • When filing a provisional patent application, it is critical that the specification is sufficiently detailed to define the invention. Moreover, it must establish the priority date of the patent claims. If the invention is not patented by the date of the provisional patent application, it is possible to claim priority in a later nonprovisional application. Adding claims to the provisional application may be beneficial from a legal standpoint as it helps shape the scope of the invention and highlights the subject matter in the specification.

If you think your invention is novel, it’s important to verify exclusivity. Filing a provisional patent application is useless if there’s already a similar product on the market, or if your invention is already well-known. A patent search from the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) website, or a claim patent search, can help you verify whether or not your invention is truly original.

A provisional patent application can be filed within one year of the invention. Unlike a nonprovisional patent application, the provisional patent application can include a modest number of claims. In some cases, it can even provide stronger priority advantages to follow-on nonprovisional applications. A provisional patent application must also be filed by an inventor, who must have contributed to the conception of the invention. It is important to remember that, in US law, inventorship is only conferred upon individuals who have contributed to the conception of a claim. An academic paper author cannot be considered to be an inventor, because the authorship requirement is low.

It’s important to make sure that you have sufficient information before filing a provisional patent application. While there are no legal requirements that prevent an individual from filing a provisional patent application, you must have the necessary documentation in order to protect your idea. You must also make sure that you have sufficient funds to cover all the legal fees associated with the process. In some cases, you might want to consult a trademark attorney to help you with the process.

How to Choose Between a Patent Agent and an Patent Attorney

You might have seen in the terminology list that patent attorneys are not your only option for professional assistance. A “patent agent” is a non-attorney who charges a lower fee than an attorney.

Both patent attorneys and patent agents must undergo a certification process with the USPTO. This is done to make sure that an agent or attorney can communicate with the inventor using the technical language used in the invention.

However, patent agents cannot represent you in court or do any other activity that is considered to be the practice of law.

Patent attorneys can, however, offer legal advice and communicate with USPTO representatives. It might be a matter of cost or the type and amount of services you require.

Getting a Patent attorney

You may have a great invention, but don’t know where to start. You should seek legal counsel to avoid common mistakes and make sure that your provisional patent will provide you with the protection you need. To get started, download Priori’s patent worksheet to answer some questions about your invention. Once you’ve answered these questions, you should be ready to move on to the formal application. Here are some tips for drafting a provisional patent application.

First, you should know the costs. If you hire a patent attorney to file your provisional patent application, you’ll have to pay approximately $2,000 to prepare it. This amount is based on the number of hours the attorney spends writing and communicating with you. Ultimately, this amount can easily exceed $25,000 if you hire a lawyer. You should know that you’ll be paying a lot more if you don’t have the budget to pay a patent attorney. Luckily, there are many free options online to get you started on your journey to a patent.

Once you’ve secured your legal counsel, you’re ready to file the patent application. While the cost of hiring a patent attorney can be expensive, it can save you time and money. Besides, it gives you the first right to file a patent and gives you the first opportunity to refine and test your idea before committing yourself to a lengthy patent application. You can get a patent application if you’re confident enough to describe your invention in detail.

After you’ve made sure that your invention is unique and has a great potential to bring in millions of dollars, you’re ready to hire a patent attorney. However, you should keep in mind that hiring a patent attorney is an expensive option for those who’re not sure about the legal process. However, if you’re looking for a patent that’s worth a lot of money, hiring a patent attorney will help you get it done the right way.

While you can complete a provisional patent application on your own, it’s always a better idea to seek legal advice. A provisional patent application is not a legally binding document, so preparing the application properly can ensure priority. A well-written application will contain all the details required to obtain a patent. By writing and assembling your application yourself, you can save money on the attorney’s fees.


While it is possible to prepare and file a provisional patent application on your own, we don’t recommend this approach. With the help of a patent attorney and their team, you are more likely to secure the strongest patent possible, covering your invention from possible infringement. While this may come with a higher price tag at the outset, it may prove to be money well spent when compared to other options.