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A Provisional patent application sometimes makes sense

If you have a new idea or invention, it can be important to get an application filed as soon as possible, since others may independently come up with the same idea, and file for patent protection first.

However, many first-time inventors have limited funds for patent filing. Does it make sense to submit what some view as a "poor man's patent application", that is, a Provisional application? And can an inventor do this on their own? 

Contrary to popular belief, patent examiners are not adversaries

When applicants are trying to patent their invention they often get the feeling that their patent examiner is an adversary. While it can seem like a patent examiner is pitted against you, he or she functions primarily as a gatekeeper. A patent examiner simply has a job to do.

When you need a patent

For innovators and inventors, it begins with the realization that there is a better way. In some cases, it begins with the stubborn proclamation, "I'm going to find a better way." No matter how it starts, the better way can lead to something new--something that deserves the protection of a patent.

For example, you've invented a new accessory for mobile phones.  You realize the potential of this idea, but you also realize that other companies could easily copy the invention if you don't protect it. You need a patent.

Can You Speed Up Your Patent Application?

Most US patent applications will sit on an examiner's desk for a year (or more) before the examination process even begins. From start to finish, obtaining approval for your application can take two years or more. It may be advantageous in some circumstances to obtain a patent earlier - such as to improve the amount, or likelihood of obtaining investment for a business related to the invention. So what can you do if you have a patent application that can't wait for the normal examination process to conclude?

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