I want to protect my invention as soon as, and as fast as possible with a provisional utility patent for the software and hardware design, and then have 12 months to complete the claims, etc. for the corresponding non-prov patent appl.
I have a completed product: It's a simple, Printed Circuit Assembly (PCB) with a sensor, an off the shelf processor running my proprietary software algorithm.
I have a large prospective customer, and I'm now testing my PCB on their equipment. All looks good.
If I file a provisional patent there seem to be these benefits: 1. I nail down a date for eventual non-provisional filing. 2. Takes much less time than non-prov filing (no claims needed)
Provisional patent will have "sufficiently detailed."