A patent is usually granted to an inventor to protect its invention. An invention implies a new product or process involving creativity and applied to or capable of industrial application.
Patent applications are of the following types:
A provisional patent is the type of patent that is usually applied in the early stages of an invention to secure the date of filing. It requires fewer specifications than a regular patent application. It is typically considered as a preliminary step to complete patent application.
A provisional patent lasts for 12 months only; within which a complete patent application must be filed to avoid abandoning the application else the invention becomes non-patentable. If complete application is granted patent then the date of filing will be considered of the provisional application.
A provisional application has its own benefits such as:
Requirements for filing a provisional patent application
When a prospect finds that the invention is at a stage where it can be disclosed on paper but has not reached its finale and does not have all its specifications, it can apply for provisional patent.
There are three main requirements of provisional patent application.
Process for filing a provisional patent application