Provisional Patent

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Frequently Asked Qustion

Why should one patent the invention?
Is the patent valid outside India?
Why should I apply for a provisional patent?
What is a difference between a provisional patent and permanent patent?
How long is the provisional patent valid for?

Provisional Patent Registration

When you are at a stage in your research and development work where, it can be disclosed on paper but it’s not a final invention, then you can prepare a description of the invention as provisional specification and submit to patent office to secure the priority date of the invention.

It gives following benefits:

Secures filing date

12 months of time to file complete specification

Low cost

When you complete the required documents and your research work is at level where you can have prototype and experimental results to prove your inventive step you can file complete specification.


Advantages of Filing Provisional Patent

Global Patent Protection

A patent registration in India can be used as the basis for patent registration in other countries, if required. Foreigners and Foreign entities can also register a patent in India, if required.

20 Year Validity

Patent registrations in India are valid for 20 years from the date of filing of patent application, irrespective of whether it is filed with provisional or complete specification.

Creation of Asset

Patent registration creates an intellectual property, which is an intangible asset for an organization. Registered patent is an intangible asset that can be sold, franchised or commercially contracted.

Competitive Edge

Patent registration will provide a unique competitive edge for the business. Competitors will not be allowed to use the patented invention for similar goods or services.


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