A provisional utility application helps to establish an effective filing date at a lower cost than a non-provisional utility application, and provides a one-year window to allow the applicant to decide whether they will file a corresponding non-provisional application. If you are interested in getting a 1-page concise checklist of items for filing a provisional application, subscribe to our newsletters to download the checklist.

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