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3 Must-Knows For Provisional Patent Applications

Law360, New York (August 10, 2017, 8:06 PM EDT) -- Provisional patent applications have taken on increased significance in recent years and can be a savvy business move and help inventors stake a claim to an invention, but if not done right, provisionals can leave applicants with no protections or, worse yet, undermine their patents down the road.

Provisional applications are often thought of as a placeholder for applicants to secure an earlier filing date at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The applications, which include a description of the invention but don’t need formal patent...
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