Any individual or business that is considering applying for a patent must make a number of decisions. One important decision is whether to file for a nonprovisional or provisional patent. There are many factors that go into making this decision. By enlisting the services of skilled legal counsel, you can have confidence knowing that these and other important decisions will be carefully considered.

For years, entrepreneurs, inventors and businesses have placed their trust in the Eldredge Law Firm. Our law firm, led by Fort Worth and Houston patent lawyer Richard G. Eldredge, has provided trusted counsel and guidance to clients across the U.S. and the world.

Deciding Whether To File A Nonprovisional or Provisional Patent

A nonprovisional patent application will go directly into the queue to be examined by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Generally, if the idea or device to be patented has been built and there is a working model, filing a nonprovisional patent application is the wisest option.

On the other hand, if you have the makings of an idea but requires some fine-tuning before it can go to market, a provisional patent may be the best choice. A provisional patent will establish an early filing date but gives the applicant 12 months to prepare a nonprovisional patent application. If you have reason to believe that your idea may be patented by someone else, filing a provisional patent application will beat your competitor to the punch, so to speak, while giving you additional time to refine your design.

At the Eldredge Law Firm, we are fully prepared to help you meet your goals, whatever they entail. By working with our clients on a flat-fee basis, we deliver equal or better value than larger law firms, while maintaining or surpassing the quality of work.

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