Provisional Patents

Typically, the first step to achieving patent protection is the filing of a provisional patent application. The filing of a provisional application “plants the flag” to secure a priority date for your invention and is an important first step to securing your idea.

The drafting of a provisional patent specification is one of the most important tasks in the patenting process. All subsequent patent rights may come to depend on the provisional patent. Many inventors attempt to prepare and file patent applications themselves. However, in every case we have seen the inventor has either lost their patent rights or the rights have been severely limited. If you are considering patenting yourself, please contact us for a complimentary discussion and a no obligation quote.

Advantages of filing an Australian Provisional Patent Application

  • Secures an international priority date for your invention (i.e. equivalent to US, Chinese or European filing)
  • Defers cost of complete application for 12 months
  • Is not published
  • Allows changes to be made which is important for technology still under development
  • May use wording “Provisional Patent Application filed” for marketing and deterring competitors

After your Provisional Patent Application is filed?

Once your provisional patent application is filed you then have 12 months to file a complete application. The complete application may be an innovation patent application, a standard patent application filed in Australia, a convention application filed overseas or an international patent application.

What is needed for a Provisional Patent Application?

Provisional patent applications generally require a description of how your invention works and should include at least one figure which clearly details your invention. In essence, a provisional patent should have sufficient detail to allow another person who is skilled in the relevant technology, such as an Engineer, to put the invention into practice.

Keep quiet about your invention

Remember to keep quiet about your invention and don’t disclose the invention to anyone before your application is filed.

Provisional Patent Costs

As many of our clients’ appreciate, at The Patent Co we believe in simple fixed cost prices, for example, our cost to prepare and file a provisional patent application is generally between $3,000 and $6,000 including GST and Patent Office fees. However, every invention is unique and please contact us for a complimentary discussion and quote.

How can a Patent Attorney Assist?

If you’re not sure on all the details, our Patent Attorneys can assist and have advanced degrees in Engineering and Science to fill the gaps and ensure your application is of the highest quality.