Patent Filing FAQ



Does Nolo have a Regular Patent Application package?

Although Nolo does not produce our own Regular Patent Application (RPA) package, we do carry a book called Patent It Yourself which can instruct you on how to file your own RPA with the US Patent & Trademark Office. There are also several pieces of software out in the market which can assist you in preparing an RPA. We cannot recommend any particular one.

To some extent you do convert the information in your PPA into an RPA but the paperwork is much different and requires a great deal of additional work. We therefore do not recommend converting a provisional patent application directly into a regular patent application. If you decide to file a new regular patent application, be sure to do so within 12 months and specifically claim the filing date of your provisional patent application.

In case you would like advice from an Intellectual Property attorney, our Lawyer Directory can help.