Why 1995 Was a Key Year for Inventors

For several decades filing a patent with the USPTO required a time-consuming and tedious process of attaching multiple claims to the application. A claim can be thought of as a ‘fence’ that circles your invention and describes where rights to your idea end and another entity’s rights begin. This provisional patent created challenging hurdles for an inventor to jump over. In 1995, this process was mitigated with the arrival of the non-provisional patent which is essentially a temporary vehicle to protect your idea for up to 12 months. I go over these two patents in the video below…

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