What is a Non-Provisional Patent?

A non-provisional patent is a standard patent that protects an invention for 14-20 years within the United States, depending on the type of patent. A non-provisional patent requires much more detail compared to a provisional patent. You also need to include a description that would allow another person of ordinary skill to recreate your invention, unlike in a provisional patent.

An invention’s filing date is established by a non-provisional patent. When an inventor files a non-provisional patent application, the official examination process begins with the USPTO. This examination process determines whether the invention is patentable or not.

The challenge in creating a non-provisional patent application is all in drafting the specifications. Successful patent applications are usually ones that are drafted by professional patent lawyers because they are able to clearly lay out the idea of the invention. 

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