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What steps should be taken before filing for a patent?

Before filing for a patent, there are several crucial steps that need to be taken. The journey of a patent begins when an idea evolves into a unique and definitive invention that is patentable. This usually involves building upon and analyzing existing public ideas to create a new advancement in knowledge and innovation. The first step before filing for a patent is to conduct a patent search. This is a crucial step as it helps in determining if the idea or invention has already been created or if it is new and patentable. If the patent search reveals that there are no similar patents to the invention, then it is time to file the initial patent application. The initial application is known as a provisional application. This application secures the filing date of your patent and is rarely rejected by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). However, it is important to ensure that the provisional application is done meticulously to maximize its benefits. It should provide a comprehensive description of the invention. The next step is to file a "non-provisional" application. This application initiates the formal process of the USPTO's examination process. The USPTO will conduct an initial review of the non-provisional application for completeness.

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