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A provisional application has a non-extendable term of one year.
A provisional application is not a patent but is a patent application. The filing fee ranges from $75 for Micro-entity to $300 for Large entity. A provisional application is a utility patent application without claims. The application gives the inventor 1 year from the filing date to file a utility application or the provisional application dies. The inventor can use the term “patent pending” during this one-year period. A provisional application allows the inventor to test and refine the product while maintaining prior date if filing. To place a typical provisional application on file, the cost will be around $3,000 to $4,000 depending upon the complexity of the application. It normally takes about 60 days to have the application “Patent Pending”.
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