Drawings are the oundation o any patent application, whether it is aprovisional or non provisional application. Thereore, it is imperative to abideby the guidelines o the United States Patent and Trademark Of ce (USPTO)to ensure that the drawings are clear and the patent passes examination. To understanding the dierences between the two drawing approaches, we rstneed to know what provisional and non-provisional patent applications are.
Provisional patent application basics
:• Provisional patent applications require a low USPTO ling eeand are less expensive than the regular non provisional patentapplications.• Provisional patent applications last only or 12 months. You stillhave to le a non provisional patent application within 12 monthso your provisional application in order to retain the advantage o the provisional’s ling date. This is just like ling an extension onyour tax return; you still need to pay the taxes and le real tax returns.• Claims are not required or a provisional patent application.• Provisional applications are not examined. A ollow-on nonprovisional goes to the back o the examination line. So i you areracing against time and want your patent issued quickly,a provisional application is not ideal. To be successul, any provisional application must include thorough detailso the invention, just as in a non provisional application.
Non provisional patent application basics
• A non provisional application establishes the ling date o yourpatent application and begins the examination process by the USPTO.• Non provisional applications are comprised o a specication(description and claims), an oath or declaration, a drawing (whennecessary), and a ee.
Provisional vs. Non Provisional