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When you get started on your path with your invention idea, it is good to know what a provisional patent application and a non-provisional patent application are. A provisional patent application, you can claim patent pending status. With that being said, you have one year from the date filed to file for a non-provisional patent application. If you don't file for the non-provisional patent application before that year is up, you loose your provisional patent application.

Make sure you have a good understanding of how those to patent process works, and find out from the patent office what specific rules you must follow. You don't want to go through all that work and find out you missed filing your non-provisional patent application.

You want to make sure when you start out that you have an inventors notebook. The purpose for the notebook, is that you want to record everything you do. You want to record in the notebook, your idea, the date of your idea. Also include in the notebook any diagrams, drawing, pictures, pictures of prototype, any changes made to drawing and prototype. Make sure that you date every step of the way, and always have two people witness each change or updates in the notebook. Remember you want to make sure you cover yourself on everything.

Make sure that you don't tare any pages out of the notebook or try to add pages to the notebook. If any pages are left blank on propose make sure you draw a line through that page. Your inventors notebook should be up to date at all times.

You want to make sure you do a market research on your invention idea. You want to get a good idea whether your invention idea is a good one. See if your idea is already on the market. Check out stores and the internet. Both of those should give you an idea on whether you want to continue or not. It's good to know before you start spending money.

Also do a patent research on your invention idea. You can go to google and do a patent search on your invention idea, and go to the U.S Patent and Trademark office site.

In your research you will find inventions out there that are similar to yours. Keep in mind that you have to show that your invention is different or improving on an invention. So if you come across something that is similar to yours, ask yourself does it improve on the patented invention, or is it different. You want to know this before you start spending money on the provisional patent application.

You have alot of help out there, and you don't any a lawyer. You can find most answers to any question you have, by going on the internet and get your answer. Always double check in answers given to to, and make sure you are getting your answers from a good source.

So if you decide to get a patent on your own, make sure you get a inventors notebook, do a market research, and do a patent research on your invention idea.

By doing your homework on the above items now, will make the process easier for when you go for provisional patent application and your non-provisional application.


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