/ Provisional Patents

It may happen that during the research and development process a company is not completely clear about its invention and may require external laboratories to carry out tests or trials, or else, it may require master craftsmen for the manufacture of a prototype, which forces the company to disclose its invention to third parties.  In order to provide protection during this time, there is a figure called provisional patent.  This figure has a duration of 12 months providing protection to its holder until the final patent application is filed.