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 revised
PPA draft that will bring your draft PPA into minimum legal compliance.
Additional charges may apply for non-electronic (i.e,., paper hard
copies) PPA draft submissions- see terms below for details. For
paper submissions, see our Drafting
Basic level of service.
If your draft PPA is already, or very nearly, compliant,
then we will revise your PPA to improve its quality,
and may, additionaly, provide you suggestions on what subject matter
you should add 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 Revision" level of service, item 3PP, 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 Revision 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