Introduction: What Is A Non-Provisional Patent?

At Fargo Patent & Business Law, we understand the significance of protecting your intellectual property. One critical tool in this process is a non-provisional patent application. Unlike a provisional patent, which offers temporary protection for your invention, a non-provisional patent provides more comprehensive protection against unauthorized use or replication of your creation. What exactly is a non-provisional patent, and why is it essential for inventors and businesses alike?

What is a Non-Provisional Patent

A non-provisional patent (NPA) shields your intellectual property from infringement by prohibiting others from making, using, or selling your invention without your consent. An NPA is a legal document granted by a government authority, such as the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), that provides exclusive rights to inventors for their inventions. Unlike a provisional patent, which offers temporary protection for an invention, an NPA more comprehensive and long-term protection. It prohibits others from making, using, selling, or importing the patented invention without the inventor’s permission for a period of up to 20 years from the date of filing, subject to payment of maintenance fees.

What is needed to secure an NPA?

To obtain a non-provisional patent, inventors must submit a detailed patent application disclosing the invention’s structure, function, and operation, along with any necessary drawings or diagrams, and comply with all legal requirements set forth by the patent office.

The Importance of Non-Provisional Patents

Securing a non-provisional patent offers several advantages:

1. Legal Protection: Obtaining a non-provisional patent equips you with the necessary legal ammunition to take decisive action against any individual or entity that dares to infringe upon your invention. This formidable shield of legal protection acts as a powerful deterrent, dissuading potential infringers from unlawfully exploiting your intellectual property. By wielding the full force of patent law, you not only safeguard your innovation but also safeguard your investment in research, development, and commercialization.

2. Extended Protection: In stark contrast to the fleeting protection offered by provisional patents, a non-provisional utility patent bestows upon inventors the invaluable gift of prolonged exclusivity. With a potential lifespan of up to 20 years from the date of filing, this extended period of protection provides ample opportunity to fully capitalize on your invention’s commercial potential. Whether through licensing agreements, product sales, or strategic partnerships, the longevity of a non-provisional patent empowers inventors to secure a return on their investment and establish a lasting foothold in the market.

3. Strategic Advantage: The act of filing a non-provisional patent application signals to the world your unwavering commitment to safeguarding your intellectual property rights. Beyond mere legal protection, this proactive stance underscores your dedication to innovation and excellence, enhancing your credibility with investors, partners, and stakeholders alike. By fortifying your intellectual property portfolio with a non-provisional patent, you position yourself as a formidable force in your industry, capable of driving innovation, attracting investment, and achieving sustained success.


At Fargo Patent & Business Law, we specialize in guiding clients through the patent application process, ensuring compliance with USPTO requirements and maximizing the value of their inventions. Our experienced patent attorneys, with the experience of working with 1000+ patent applications, provide comprehensive legal counsel and representation, helping you navigate the complexities of patent law and help towards safeguarding your innovations for years to come. Don’t take the risk of leaving your valuable intellectual property exposed to potential threats. Take proactive measures to secure the future of your innovations by reaching out to Fargo Patent & Business Law today.

Our team of experienced attorneys is here to provide you with the guidance and expertise needed to navigate the intricate landscape of patent law and ensure that your intellectual property rights are fully protected. Contact us now to gain a deeper understanding of the benefits that non-provisional patents offer and to discover how our tailored legal solutions can help work towards safeguarding your inventions for years to come. Don’t wait until it’s too late—let Fargo Patent & Business Law be your trusted partner in protecting your intellectual assets.

Tom Kading

North Dakota

Tom is a skilled North Dakota patent attorney. He works with clients on legal matters including patents, trademarks, business contracts, business formation, and more. If you are in need of a North Dakota business attorney, contact Fargo Patent & Business Law today.