What is a Non Provisional Patent?

Non provisional patents are formal applications submitted to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for your invention. They consist of a specification, claims, abstract and other documents.

It is an extensive and challenging process. Preparation and examination fees can run into thousands of dollars.


When applying for a non-provisional visa, you will have to pay an applicable fee. The exact amount depends on the type of visa you require; you can find out the full cost by consulting with either a US consulate or embassy.

When applying for a visa, you can expect to pay around $160 or more per visa. This applies to tourist, business, student and exchange visas alike; some visas even come with additional fees like the DS-160 form and biometric service charges.

The DS-160 form costs $190 and requires you to answer questions about your background and purpose of the trip. Additionally, you must bring both documents and the completed DS-160 form to an interview at either a U.S. embassy or consulate in either your home country or place of residence for processing.

Another cost to consider is the medical examination you must undergo. This typically requires a doctor accredited by either the United States Embassy or USCIS to administer. The fee for this exam varies, but typically costs around $200.

You should factor in the cost of translating your documents into English if they aren’t already written in the language. This could add up to a substantial sum if there are multiple documents that need translating. Furthermore, take into account passport-sized photographs which must be included as part of your application process. Lastly, don’t forget about travel expenses while attending interviews or other appointments.

Priority Date

When applying for a non-provisional patent application, you must establish the priority date of your invention. This is an essential aspect of successful patent prosecution and could make all the difference in whether or not your case is accepted.

The priority date is the earliest patent filing that discloses your invention or claims priority to it. This can include a provisional patent application, nonprovisional application or international patent application; commonly referred to as the ‘first-to-file’ rule.

This is essential as it can help you avoid legal challenges based on prior art that wasn’t available or filed before your application. Furthermore, the ‘first-to-file’ rules expedite grant approval processes.

However, it’s essential to remember that your priority date can be lost due to various circumstances. One common example is failure to convert your provisional patent application into a non-provisional within one year after filing.

Failure to do this could result in your patent filing losing its priority date due to non-patent literature and other prior art being reviewed by a patent examiner while they assess patentability of your claimed subject matter.

Additionally, your ‘first-to-file’ priority could be compromised if another competitor files for a standard patent on the same invention, claiming they came up with it first and using your provisional filing date to claim priority. This poses an extremely serious problem as it could prevent you from obtaining a patent on your invention or, if you do manage to secure one, lead to protracted court battles and costly litigation.

Therefore, it is always ideal to file a full patent application with complete disclosure as soon as possible after developing an invention. Doing this will guarantee the application is written accurately and fully covers your invention.

Are you uncertain whether to file a full application or not? A provisional application can offer valuable insight into the feasibility of your invention and serve as a placeholder while you decide whether to pursue the process further and secure patent protection for it.


Every year, the United States Patent and Trademark Office receives over 600,000 patent applications. After reviewing each one to determine if it meets patentability requirements and whether all conditions have been fulfilled, a non-provisional application may be issued a patent.

Non provisional patents are formal patent applications filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Once reviewed by a Patent Examiner, these applications will be granted either approval or rejection of its claims.

When filing a non-provisional patent application, you must provide an extensive description of your invention as well as each claim in detail. Additionally, drawings that clearly illustrate your concept should be included. Furthermore, make sure to include an oath or declaration affirming compliance with all relevant rules and regulations.

Additionally, you should include an information disclosure statement if anyone associated with the filing and prosecution of your non provisional patent application knows material facts about your invention. This is an essential component of the USPTO review process.

Finally, make sure to file your non provisional patent application with the USPTO in an acceptable format. Failure to do so could delay your patent and result in increased costs to you.

In the United States, there is a first-to-file patent system. This means that the inventor who files for a patent with their first idea or invention has priority over all other applicants to acquire one. This marks an evolution from the previous first-to-invent system which gave patent rights to those who filed first for protection.

There are costs associated with patent protection, such as preparation and examination fees. You can defer these expenses while your idea or invention develops. Furthermore, you can convert a provisional patent application into a non-provisional one at any time if new developments need to be covered in a patent.