A document filed with the USPTO that establishes an early filing date for a patent application and allows the use of “patent pending” status.
A Provisional Patent Application (PPA) is a legal document filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to establish an early effective filing date for an invention. This document does not grant a patent but rather preserves the inventor’s rights for one year while they work on developing their invention further. PPAs are often less formal than regular patent applications as they do not require claims or an oath or declaration. However, they must still include a detailed description of the invention, including any drawings or diagrams, and be filed in accordance with USPTO regulations. It is important to note that if an inventor wishes to obtain a patent, they must file a non-provisional application within one year of filing the PPA.