Patent Process

Invention idea

Invention

Dream up brilliant idea

Prepare Initial Disclosure of the Invention

Prepare Initial Disclosure of the Invention

Scientist or Engineer determines if this is doable

Prepare Patent Drawings

Prepare Drawings

Start the patent process with invention blueprints

Begin the patent process

File a Provisional Patent Application Based on Disclosure

One year before examination of patent

Patent is issued

Patent Issues!

Effective 20 years from filing date, varies in foreign countries

Prosecute Patent Application(s)

Prosecute Patent Application(s)

It’s a go. Move forward with awesome invention

Regular U.S. and/or Foreign Patent Application

Regular U.S. and/or Foreign Patent Application

It’s go time! Applications are submitted by a Patent Attorney and examined by USPTO

Prepare your Regular Patent Application

Prepare your Regular Patent Application

Your one year is up. Get your ducks in a row

Invention

Dream up brilliant idea

Prepare Initial Disclosure of the Invention

Scientist or Engineer determines if this is doable

Prepare Drawings

Invention Blueprints

File a Provisional Patent Application Based on Disclosure

One Year Before Examination of Patent

Prepare your Regular Patent Application

Your 1 Year is Up – Get Your Ducks in a Row

Regular U.S. and/or Foreign Patent Application

It’s Go Time! Applications are Submitted by a Patent Attorney and Examined by USPTO

Prosecute Patent Application(s)

It’s a Go Move Forward with Awesome Invention

Patent Issues!

Effective 20 Years from Filing Date, Varies in Foreign Countries