Is there such a thing as a Provisional Patent?
There is only a Provisional Patent Application and it expires after one year. It does not become a Patent. There are a couple of good reasons to do this (links below), but for the most part, getting a Patent starting with a Provisional Patent Application is more expensive than the traditional route of filing a Non-provisional (Regular) Patent Application, which, when allowed, does result in a Patent.
When Should I File a Provisional Patent Application?
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Dr. Thomas R. (Terry) Williamson III is a Patent Attorney practicing in Atlanta, Georgia.
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