After drafting your PPA according to the PPA
Kit instructions, send us, by secure email or on floppy disk, an
electronic copy readable in Microsoft Windows, and between 1 to
2 weeks thereafter we will deliver to you by secure email or floppy
disk the suggested revisions that should be made to bring your draft
PPA into minimum legal compliance. Additional charges (e.g., printing,
postage, etc.) may apply for non-electronic (i.e,., paper hard copies)
PPA draft submissions.
If your draft PPA is already compliant, then
we will confirm to you that it satisfies the minimum legal requirements,
and then provide you with valuable suggestions on how you should modify
your PPA to support a better quality
patent application, and thereby, attain stronger patent protection,
should a patent later issue claiming priority to the PPA.
The PPA Kit provides detailed step-by-step instructions all forms
required to file your own application. If, however, you prefer we handle
this for you, we do offer a PPA
filing service for your convenience.
Prior to ordering our PPA Kit with Email Support service,
you must acknowledge that you understand and accept the following:
Our "PPA Review" level of service, item 2PP, includes email
support consisting of answering your questions by email that are
not answered in our PPA Kit, or our website. The email support period
lasts for 1 week starting from the first email question received from
you. All questions must be directly related to preparing and/or filing
a PPA to meet minimum legal requirements.
Our PPA Review service requires that your communicate with us only
by email, and provide us an electronic format draft PPA, readable in
Microsoft Windows, and prepared according to all the PPA Kit instructions
and our email suggestions, if any.
A PPA provides "Patent-Pending"
status for only one year, and automatically becomes abandoned when
its pendency expires 12 months after the provisional filing date by
operation of law. You must file a utility
application claiming benefit of the earlier PPA's filing date in
the USPTO before the PPA pendency period expires (i.e., one year from
filing the PPA) in order to preserve any benefit from the PPA filing;
i.e., if your PPA expires, you will loose the earlier PPA filing date
and will have to refile a patent application having a new, and later
A PPA filing initiates the Paris Convention priority year (i.e., an
internationally recognized filing date whereby the deadline to file
a foreign patent application is measure from). Hence, THE DEADLINE TO
FILE A CORRESPONDING FOREIGN/PCT PATENT APPLICATION IS 1 YEAR AFTER
FILING THE PPA.
You understand that, by law, if your invention is "in use"
or "on sale" (see 35
U.S.C. §102(b)) in the United States, or you disclosed the
invention to the general public without a Confidentiality Agreement
more than one year prior to filing a PPA or Utility patent applicaiton,
you may lose the right to ever patent the invention (see 35
By law, after filing a corresponding utility
application, a claim (under 35 U.S.C. 119(e)) for the benefit of
a prior PPA must be filed during the pendency of the utility application,
and within four months of the utility application filing date or within
sixteen months of the PPA filing date (whichever is later).
You fully understand that a PPA will not mature into a granted patent
without filing a utility patent application within one year after the
PPA filing date. Thus, if during the "Patent-Pending" period
of your PPA you find that your idea has marketable value, and desire
patent protection starting from you PPA's filing date, you must apply
for a utility
patent within one year after the PPA filing date.
The PPA is held in strict confidence by US Patent and Trademark Office