Idea Vault provides document witnessing and registration services useful for firmly establishing the critical: 'date of invention' associated with official conception of a patentable idea. In the United States 'first-to-invent' system, detailed records relating to the date of invention may sometimes make the ultimate difference in deciding a patent priority contest – or 'patent interference proceeding '. Inventors who wish to 'lock-in' their date of invention may register documents at Idea Vault where they will be witnessed by patent and science experts. These registered documents may additionally be stored for a limited time during which an inventor may continue diligent development of the idea. Should it become necessary to establish a true date of invention, Idea Vault will provide testimony to the United States Patent and Trademark office or any United States Federal Court regarding the precise nature of the existence of documents recording the idea.

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A 'provisional patent application' has no prescribed or required format.  You can prepare a description in any form you like.  Combine that description with this cover sheet; a small fee ($ 105); and mail it to: Commissioner of Patents, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, VA 22313-1450.   It is that easy.  While there is no set format, you should include as great of detail as possible including drawings.  You will have up to 12 months to convert the application to a full patent. Patent Agent Provisional Application
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