Provisional Patent Apps Need More Detail In Post-AIA Era

Law360, San Diego (February 26, 2014, 10:45 PM EST) -- With the America Invents Act shifting patent ownership rights from the first person to invent something to the first to file at the patent office, some attorneys are warning clients that provisional applications need to provide a more complete picture of the claimed invention, saying applicants who fail to offer enough details risk being scooped by a competitor.

A provisional application is often thought of as a placeholder for applicants to secure an earlier filing date at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, while giving them...
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