Is there a provisional patent application procedure?

The provisional patent application procedure at the INPI, available from July 1, 2020, offers the possibility of filing a patent application in provisional form.

This simplified and inexpensive procedure compared to a traditional patent application does not create a new industrial property title but allows companies wishing to protect their innovations to initiate the filing of a patent application.

By filing a simple technical description of the invention, the provisional patent application grants anticipation date and give birth to a right of priority. From the date of filing, the depositor thus has a period of 12 months if he wishes to proceed with compliance with a view to obtaining a patent or transformation into a utility certificate.

What are the bespoke of the provisional patent application?

  • Simplified formalism : allows you to defer the submission of documents (claims and abstract), allows you to file in a foreign language
  • 12 month priority period
  • Possibility of using the mention “patent application filed”
  • Inexpensive procedure (26 or 13 € if the depositor benefits from the reduced rate for individuals, SMEs, research organizations)
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