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With the provisional on file, an inventor will have a year to convert the provisional application to a “non-provisional” application. This could occur any time during the year after filing the non-provisional, but the sooner the conversion to a non-provisional occurs the less likely issues will arise due to third-party filings within the year period.
When an inventor starts down the path of obtaining patent protection, it is important to understand that the process does not end with an issued patent. Unless superficial protection is desired (e.g., a piece of paper to hang on the wall), patenting an invention is an ongoing process. Inventors should keep at least one application in the patent portfolio pending at all times. When the portfolio is pending, it can adapt as an offensive and defensive tool as the market for the technology evolves. I call this ongoing process “proactive patent prosecution.”