Will a provisional patent do the same as a normal patent? 2 Answers as of September 20, 2010

I develop software and am thinking of selling some of my work. Will I be given the same breadth of protection in a provisional patent as I would with another type of patent?

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Mark S. Hubert PC
Mark S. Hubert PC | Mark Hubert
No, a provisional patent just holds your place in time to file a utility patent for 1 year. At the end of 1 year the provisional patent expires.
Answer Applies to: Oregon
Replied: 9/20/2010
Kafantaris Law Group
Kafantaris Law Group | Theo Kafantaris
Provisional patents are NOT the same as utility patents. They are a low cost way to provide patent pending status, but they need to be followed by a normal patent or they will become abandoned within 1 year.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 9/18/2010
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