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USPTO Webinar: The Path to a Patent, Part II: Drafting provisional patent applications

Thursday, January 19, 2023 - 11:00am to 12:30pm

Path to a Patent presented by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Services (USPTO)

The Path to a Patent quarterly series covers everything from intellectual property basics, to patent searching, to what you’ll need to draft and submit your patent application. The series is part of our ongoing intellectual property training for independent inventors, entrepreneurs, and small businesses.

In part two of this eight-part recurring series, United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) experts discuss key differences between provisional and nonprovisional patent applications, filing requirements and fees, the different ways to file a provisional application, and more.


Series Overview:

USPTO experts provide an overview of the different types of intellectual property (IP) that includes patents, trademarks, trade secrets, and copyrights as well as an introduction to the patent process.
USPTO experts will discuss the key differences between provisional and nonprovisional patent applications, filing requirements and fees, the different ways to file a provisional application, and more.
USPTO experts discuss preliminary patent searching using the suggested Seven-Step Strategy.
USPTO experts discuss the formalities and requirements of drafting a patent application, as well as how to avoid common mistakes.
USPTO experts discuss parts of the claim in a patent application, show examples of claim illustrations from issued U.S. patents, and help participants develop a better appreciation of how a patent examiner views a claim.
USPTO International Patent Legal Administration experts will discuss considerations and options for filing foreign patent applications and overview of the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT). Approved for MCLE credit in CA.
USPTO experts will teach participants how to use Patent Center to file and manage patent documents online, including using training mode to practice filing.
USPTO experts share important tips on filing a patent application and what to do after you filed for a patent. Learn about common mistakes to avoid and gain a better understanding of post-filing procedures and support.
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