What Should I Know about Including Documents in My Patent Submission?

The documents you submit will be added in an appendix to your provisional patent upon your request, but this will not be done without your authorization. It is important that you do not disclose any confidential information in your submitted documents. It is also important that you do not disclose anything in your document that you do not wish to be available to the public. Though provisional patents are not disclosed to the public, they may become public record if you decide to pursue a non-provisional patent based on this earlier filed provisional patent. We also recommend that your submitted documents do not contain any information that is not relevant to the current invention you are protecting with this provisional patent. Your patent attorney will discuss your document submissions in more detail during your consultation.

If you are interested in more detail related to your situation it is best to speak with an attorney.

Yuri Eliezer heads the intellectual property practice group at Founders Legal. As an entrepreneur who saw the importance of early-stage patent protection, Yuri founded SmartUp®. Clients he has served include Microsoft, Cisco, Cox, AT&T, General Electric, the Georgia Institute of Technology, and Coca-Cola.

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