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I'm developing a new Information Retrieval model and software and I'd like to submit a provisional application to USPTO and just after that to publish a paper on a scientific journal or on a website.

The aim is to let the invention be known, so that in the case the new model gets a commercial interest, then there would be funds to hire a lawyer for drafting patent application within the year.

Is there any hidden risk in this procedure that I'm not seeing? Is there any problem related with derivation proceedings? I'm not sure I fully understood this article in regard: http://www.todaysengineer.org/2011/dec/patent-law.asp

The published paper would recite “USPTO patent pending”. Is this fair? Should it cite the application number?

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