Best Practices for Drafting Provisional Patent Applications - IIPLA

Best Practices for Drafting Provisional Patent Applications

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This course very articulately lays out the strategic implications of filing provisional patent applications as well as the intricacies of drafting provisional patent applications. Attendees will glean insights into the optimum timing for filing provisionals and ensuing patent applications; best practices for drafting provisional patent applications; and, the level of detail that should be provided in provisionals.

Inventors should listen to this webinar to better protect their inventions. Patent valuation professionals should listen to this webinar to better assess the value of related patents. The following are among the issues discussed during this course:

  • What are the formal requirements for drafting provisional patent applications?
  • What is the minimum number of claims required to be listed on provisional patent applications?
  • How do provisional patent applications affect patent term?
  • How long do provisional patent applications endure?
  • What are the ramifications of failing to fully disclose the invention in the provisional patent application?
  • Can amendments be made to provisional patent applications?
  • What are the three requirements for describing the invention in the written description portion of a provisional patent application?
  • When filing a non-provisional patent application, what is the minimum number of inventors that must be carried over from the provisional?
  • How does the movement to first-to-file impact provisional patent applications?
  • Do provisionals that are not related to future patent applications become sources of prior art?
  • What are some of the acceptable formats for drawings that are made part of provisional patent applications?
  • Can provisionals be sold or licensed?

Course LeaderMichael S. Neustel, U.S. Patent Attorney, Neustel Law Offices, LTD

Michael S. Neustel is the owner of Neustel Law Offices, LTD (, an intellectual property law practice representing clients on various intellectual property matters, including patent prosecution, trademark prosecution and infringement litigation. Mr. Neustel is the founder of the National Inventor Fraud Center, Inc. ( He also was a participant in U.S. Senator Conrad’s Summit on Entrepreneurship. He has been interviewed by well-known magazines such as the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Forbes ASAP and Inventors’ Digest regarding inventor issues. Michael presents intellectual property seminars for various inventor organizations throughout the United States.

Mr. Neustel is also an inventor and entrepreneur. He is the creator of popular intellectual property software products such as PatentWizard ( and PatentHunter ( In addition, Mr. Neustel is a co-author of the nationally published book entitled The Patent Writer.

Course Length: Approx. 1.0 hours

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