Inventor Guidelines for Filing Provisional Patent Applications

To ensure provisional patent applications are filed appropriately and in a timely manner, it is paramount for the inventor to provide OTL with a written, enabling description of the technology and submit it, along with a completed invention disclosure form, to our office two business days in advance of any public disclosure or statutory deadline. Invention disclosures submitted less than two business days prior to any deadline, submission of incomplete invention disclosures, or inclusion of non-enabling descriptions may result in inadequate or untimely provisional patent applications.

Also, please note that the submission of an invention disclosure to OTL is not the same as filing a provisional patent application and it does not protect your invention in the case of an enabling public disclosure. OTL, with your assistance, will develop an appropriate filing strategy based on the specifics of your invention disclosure.

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