Under United States patent law, a provisional application is a legal document filed in the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), that establishes an early filing date, but which does not mature into an issued patent unless the applicant files a regular non-provisional patent application within one year. There is no such thing as a “provisional patent”.
A provisional application is a simple and inexpensive way to protect your ideas, and to stop fearing that someone will steal them while you are presenting to companies, backers, partners, financiers, etc.
Patents are expensive and they take many years to issue. With a provisional application, it starts working the same day as you file and allows you to put “patent pending” on your ideas/products while you shop your product to potential buyers or manufacturers.
A provisional application includes a specification, i.e. a description, and drawing(s) of an invention (drawings are required where necessary for the understanding of the subject matter sought to be patented), but does not require formal patent claims, inventors’ oaths or declarations, or any information disclosure statement (IDS). Furthermore, because no examination of the patentability of the application in view of the prior art is performed, the USPTO fee for filing a provisional patent application is significantly lower (US$ 125 as of September 2011) than the fee required to file a standard non-provisional patent application. A provisional application can establish an early effective filing date in one or more continuing patent applications later claiming the priority date of an invention disclosed in earlier provisional applications by one or more of the same inventors.1
1Provisional Application. 2012. Wikipedia. June 14, 2012. en.wikipedia.org
A trade secret is a formula, practice, process, design, instrument, pattern, or compilation of information which is not generally known or reasonably ascertainable, by which a business can obtain an economic advantage over competitors or customers. In some jurisdictions, such secrets are referred to as “confidential information” or “classified information”
Welcome Joe Beler
Joe Beler visited us. The meeting started out with Richard Krouch giving him the overview of the company. The most important direction Joe gave us was “get the business plan done!”
Welcome Stacey Sperry
Stacey visited us and talked about our business plan, specifically, the marketing section. She is very enthusiastic and I am sure we will need the football (the football is used to identify the person that has the floor, the person talking) for future meetings. We, as the JR G members, have to decide how to incorporate her energy into the business. I think she wants to be a part of the business; we just have to figure out how to incorporate her. She could be a welcomed member to the JR G family..
We ended the meeting with a shot of the white Jose Cuervo!
There are two types of marketing research, primary and secondary research. Secondary research is information obtained from printed materials, library… basically from someone elses research. Primary research is information gathered from doing the research yourself. This could be standing in front of Stop and Shop and asking the patrons “Please answer a, b or c…”, focus groups…
Intellectual Property (IP) is an idea made real. The tangible items or assets are owned by the creator. The items can be an original idea, or an improvement to some else’s idea. As long as the item is something you can touch, see, hear, or feel, including emotion it should be protected as any other piece of property should be protected from unauthorized use. PATENTS (utility patents, design patents and plant patents), TRADEMARKS, TRADE SECRETS and COPYRIGHTS are the tools that can be used to protect your IP. Even more info…
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