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LegalCORPS is working to develop a system within the Inventor Assistance Program to provide assistance in preparing and filing a provisional application for a U.S. patent. Until LegalCORPS develops that system, significant delays in arranging assistance with provisional patent applications will be likely.
To request such assistance , use the LegalCORPS application for small business. To be eligible for assistance through LegalCORPS, an applicant must be a Minnesota resident or operate a business in Minnesota.
To determine applicants’ eligibility for free assistance with a provisional application, LegalCORPS will apply income guidelines, just as it does to determine eligibility for free full-representation assistance with other types of transactional business matters.
Eligible clients also can request assistance with non-patent business law matters. Eligible clients also can request assistance with a non-provisional application after they have filed a provisional application.
Here are some resources that could be helpful for inventors who want to know more about the patent process: