I have hired a lawyer to draft a non-provisional utility patent application.

When it is completed, could I submit it as a provisional patent instead?

Whenever I am ready, I will then convert the application into non-provisional status.

During the conversion step from provisional to non-provisional status, is there any more work to be done in this case? In other words, do I have to pay my attorney anymore?

  • Could you explain your reasoning for submitting as a provisional? It doesn't gain you anything with regards to priority date. If the non-provisional is done why not take advantage of it?
    – Eric S
    Commented Jun 10 at 3:46
  • I am concern regarding the publishing date. I am still unsure when is the best time to publish the application, in fear of competition reading it too soon. Most importantly, I just need to establish priority filing date. Commented Jun 10 at 4:10
  • Couldn’t you just ask your attorney?
    – Eric S
    Commented 2 days ago
  • when the application is completed, that's when I will ask them. Commented 2 days ago


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