Step 6: Assert ownership, priority

  • Elect title within 2 years of reporting to agency

    U.S., selected countries or worldwide

  • File first provisional U.S. application

    Assert priority under Paris Convention
    Use same format as regular U.S. application
    Describe all forms of invention
    Explain how to make and how to use
    Disclose best mode
    Prevent U.S. bar--file less than 12 months after public use, offer to sell, publication

  • File design or plant application

  • Perform formal novelty search

  • File more provisional applications

  • Design and use trademark(s)

  • Can offer to sell products after filing