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how do I continue to protect my idea after my 12 month PPA expires? The USPTO states “A provisional application for patent has a pendency lasting 12 months from the date the provisional application is filed. The 12-month pendency period cannot be extended.” In this case it seems I need to file a non-provisional. Is there any way to protect my provisional patent without incurring the cost of a non-provisional?

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    Possibilities - not recommendations: refile provisional content as non provisional , if not yet disclosed refile provisional.
    – George White
    Jul 28 at 1:36
  • Thanks @GeorgeWhite - “disclosed” meaning publicly? Or does talking with potential investors, manufacturers, etc constitute publicly disclosed? Jul 28 at 2:12
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    Disclosed means publicly. I would highly recommend anyone else you disclose to sign a confidentiality agreement.
    – Eric S
    Jul 28 at 14:12
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    Even one person who is not under an agreement of confidentiality is public. It could be verbal. Most professional investors will not agree to confidentiality.
    – George White
    Jul 28 at 14:26

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