I am a Australian sole inventor who has filed a US provisional patent application with another attorney last year in June. I'm coming close to the time where my 12 month period is going to expire (Expires in June) and it is now difficult to reach him.
I'm looking to eventually get a PCT application as I would like the ability to file internationally and also be able to get an additional 18 months to refine the technology.
However, I wanted more time to exploit my technology so I'm looking for ways to extend the period and minimise my outlay.
I have considered the following paths -
1. File a PCT application which should give me an additional 18 months but the cost of this is approx. $3500
2. File for a non-provisional and file for the 12 month 'extension' by deferring payment but then eventually get a PCT. I believe the cost of this is approx $160 or so.
3. File for a full US non-provisional which I think its not that much for a micro-entity ($400 I believe) but I eventually need to file for a PCT anyway.
I like the option of number 2 but I don't want it impacting my ability to get a PCT in the future after the 12 month period.