Provisional patent applications are a very useful tool the USPTO has provided to independent inventors. The application is inexpensive and protects your ownership of the idea for up to one year. In that year, it’s possible to determine if there is interest in your idea and you should invest more money and time into it. Although it is possible to file for the application yourself, the trick is finding a great source to help guide you through it! If you’re on a budget, I recommend buying software that can help you. Priced at only one hundred dollars, “Legalzoom” is one such product; however, the software only allows you to file for one PPA. The software I use was designed by Michael Nustal and is called “Patent Wizard”. It’s extremely easy to use and allows you to file as many PPAs as you want to.
The software is set up for anyone to write. You don’t need to be an expert or possess knowledge of “legalese”. There are tabs along the top of the document; each tab is a section of the patent. The software asks you questions step by step, and you cannot access a new tab without answering all of the questions of the former. After you complete all the tabs, the software reformats your information to fit that of the PPA. The software costs $149 but has an additional $300 bonus – the first PPA you write will be sent to the designer of the software, who will evaluate it for free.
Please, start getting comfortable with writing PPAs! They are an invaluable resource.
Read next weeks blog to learn more about Michael Neustel’s Patent Wizard.
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