Situation: Filed my provisional 11 months ago. Rewriting to file as regular US and PCT applications. Pro se currently, may have pro bono help in a couple of months, for filing further claims in amendments.
Basically I've gone from trying to patent my idea, to patenting what I've actually invented. That's a huge difference.
So let's say you think of my provisional as a street. We start at Point A, go to B, or C, or both, to get result D. A then B gets you to D. A then C gets you to D. A then B and C gets you to D, but D is much improved.
So points B and C are actually cross streets with many variations. Start at point A, wander all over streets B and C, and get to D. That's what my provisional outlines.
I've come to realize that Point A is actually a roundabout connecting to many streets. So there are a lot more possibilities involved. Rewriting my patent app focusing largely on Roundabout A would give me greater coverage.
Basically my provisional covers maybe 10% of the territory that I should cover in my regular US and PCT applications. The new application would cover the old info (in the previously filed provisional), but also is wholly new approach basically.
Do I do a rush job in the next couple weeks on my regular app, keeping my provisional as priority, and hope to amend with professional help later?
Or should I just buckle down, spend a couple months writing a whole new patent app, possibly with professional help, and losing the priority date of my existing provisional?
Is it possible that I can file a copy of my existing provisional today, and use today as my priority for a regular patent application later?