Protect your work now, finish your patent later
Take time to create while keeping competitors at bay. Market your invention as
"patent pending" by filing a provisional application. Starts at $199.00.
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We will refund our fee within the first 60 days if you are not satisfied with our services.

Why start a provisional patent application

Get ahead of competitors

Hold your place in line with the USPTO to make sure no one gets the rights to your patent by filing before you.

Promote as "patent pending"

Get the ability to label and market your invention as "patent pending" right away.

Secure a priority filing date

Establish a filing date before others—good for one year—and get time to complete your invention and utility patent application.

How to apply:

  1. Step 1
    Answer important questions about your invention

    We'll walk you through the application process step by step.

  2. Step 2
    Provide everything yourself or get help from a pro

    You'll have the option to work with an illustrator to create technical drawings as well as an experienced specialist to prepare the application.

  3. Step 3
    We'll e-file your application

    We'll submit your completed application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

What we do for you

Provisional patent application
$ 199.00
+ federal filing fees Get started
  • Completion and filing of your provisional application
  • Digitization and color adjustment of your technical drawings
  • Optional professional preparation, help with technical drawings, and more (additional fees apply)

Frequently asked questions

Why should I file a provisional patent application?
A provisional patent application protects your rights to your invention for up to a year—giving you time to perfect it, and complete your application for a utility patent. It essentially holds your place in line with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office so no one else can get the rights to the invention by filing a patent before you.
What info do I need to provide to file a provisional application?
We'll help you through the application process to make sure you understand and provide what's required. Here's some of the important info we'll need:
  • Title of the invention
  • Names and addresses of all inventors
  • Correspondence address
  • U.S. government interest/ownership (if applicable)
  • Background of the invention
  • Summary of the invention
  • Detailed description of the invention
  • Drawings of the invention (optional but highly recommended)
Once I file a provisional application, how long do I have to finish my patent?
You'll have one year from the date your provisional application is filed to finish your official utility patent application. You cannot extend this time or file another provisional application for the same invention.
Can I file a provisional application for a design patent?
No, provisional applications are for utility patents only.
What's the difference between a utility patent and a design patent?
A utility patent protects how an invention works. A design patent protects how a product looks. Some inventions may qualify for design and utility patent protection, if both the design and the function are unique, and the design doesn't affect the function.

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Our refund policy:

We do right by you—so we'll refund our fee within the first 60 days of purchase if you're unhappy with our services. Call or email us, and we'll process your refund within 5 business days.

What it doesn't cover:

We can't refund third-party processing fees (e.g. paid directly to our service partners or to facilitate fulfilling your order like courier fees) once you make a purchase. And, we can't refund filing fees once we submit your paperwork to the government.

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Provisional patent application

$ 199.00 + govt fee
Govt fee vary by entity type: micro ($75.00), small ($150.00), and large ($300.00). Most file as micro or small. We'll help determine your type once you start.
  • Peace of Mind Review

    Our in-house team will carefully review your answers and searching for consistencies and omissions that might delay the completion of the order.

  • Filing of Your Application

    We will prepare and submit your application to U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

  • Lifetime Customer Support

    Our customer support team is standing by to answer your questions and will still be there for you even after we submit your application.

Additional fee of $690 for a chemical composition or biological/biotechnological invention. Includes review and preparation by an experienced patent agent.