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?
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
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
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