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DIY Patent Pending™ Workshop

DIY Patent Pending Workshops
"Patent Pending" with Expert Guided DIY Provisional Patent Applications
Are you an inventor or innovator who wants to file your own provisional patent application using expert, step-by-step guidance from an experienced patent attorney, without actually hiring an attorney?
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Bryce H:

Jeff Holman’s Pro-App provisional patent writing workshop is a must-have learning experience, especially if you want to invent and bring multiple ideas to the market. 

In his course, you learn what is important to include and what does not need to be added in your provisional patent. Jeff is patient and has a well laid-out course, with a step-by-step approach to make it easy for you to learn and apply.

Trevor B:

I need to say a few words about Jeff Holman and his workshop.

First, his workshop is an excellent resource for those who want to DIY provisional patent applications.

I high recommend it! Jeff is genuinely interested in helping inventors! Second, his methodology is second to none! Jeff has so much experience as both a patent attorney and an inventor that he has thought of the best way to help others with DIY provisional patent applications.

Finally, with Jeff’s help I was able to file several provisional patent applications. His help was invaluable, and I can honestly say that I could not have done it without him!

Joe H:

I attended Jeff Holman's patent class and then successfully filed a provisional patent application. In the course I learned what plans and descriptions were needed for my invention.
This saved me lots of work on the drawings and description. More importantly had I filed before the course I would have made my application unable to defend and probably rejected by an examiner. For me Jeff's course was invaluable.

Learn every stage of the patent process - 
Module 1: Define My Invention

What's included?

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FULL Workshop

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FILE Workshop

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FREE Workshop

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No Access

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LESSON 1: This is NOT a Drill!

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LESSON 2: The Workshop Agenda

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LESSON 3: Innovation Objectives

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LESSON 4: The Art of Imitation

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LESSON 5: Confidentiality

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LESSON 6: IP Basics

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LESSON 7: IP Opportunities

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LESSON 8: Types of Patents

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LESSON 9: Procurement vs Infringement

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LESSON 10: Is My Idea Patentable?

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LESSON 11: Innovation Disclosure Form

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LESSON 12: Innovation Disclosure Form - Sample

Module 2: Illustrate My Invention
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LESSON 1: Prior Art

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LESSON 2: Patent Searching

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LESSON 3: Patent Searching using Key Words

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LESSON 4: Patent Searching using Classifications

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LESSON 5: Patent Drawings

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LESSON 6: Patent Drawings - Example

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LESSON 7: Patent Drawings - Tools

Module 3: Describe My Invention
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LESSON 1: Patent Application Process Overview

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LESSON 2: Patent Specification - Part I

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LESSON 3: Provisional Patent Application Template

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LESSON 4: Brief Description

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LESSON 5: Background

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LESSON 6: Title

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LESSON 7: Patent Mindset

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LESSON 8: Patent Specification - Part II

Module 4: Claim My Invention
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LESSON 1: Patent Timelines

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LESSON 2: Foreign Filing

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LESSON 3: Inventorship

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LESSON 4: Patent Claims

Module 5: File My Invention
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LESSON 1: Download PPA Filing Forms

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LESSON 2: PPA Cover Sheet

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LESSON 3: Micro Entity Certification

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LESSON 4: Let's File Your PPA!

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LESSON 5: Success Plan

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Select your workshop below...

FULL
Workshop

Objective:
"Patent Pending"

16 hours
Want the full experience?
Follow along with detail instructions and examples to draft and file your own provisional patent application

FAST
Workshop
Objective:
"Patent Pending"

8 hours
This is the most streamlined approach to expert-guided DIY provisional patent applications
FILE
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Objective:
"Patent Pending"
2 hours
FREE
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Objective:
Ready to File

1 hour
*RISK-FREE GUARANTEE*  
The DIY Patent Pending Workshops will empower you with confidence in your innovation journey. Tell us if you don't feel empowered after finishing a workshop, and we'll refund your full payment.
Let's answer your questions -

The provisional patent application focuses on the technical details of your invention. And nobody knows your invention better than you--the inventor.

By the time you communicate your invention to a patent attorney, you've already burned through a lot of money. I know. I'm a patent attorney. I've helped hundreds of inventors get patents since 2001. I'm not opposed to using an attorney, but there are times when you can be more efficient in your innovation process.

No. Never prepare your own non-provisional patent application. I've never seen one prepared by an inventor that was ready to file. Even experienced patent attorneys struggle to get the right language, technical detail, and claim scope over several drafts of a non-provisional patent application.

You can prepare and file your own provisional patent application. And you probably should. The provisional patent application process is a great advantage for products that are going through technical and market validation.

Don't innovate in a vacuum.

When you have "patent pending" status, you can confidently seek technical and market feedback on the aspects of your invention that are "patent pending." This is critical to good product development cycles. You don't want to protect only your initial ideas, and don't get stuck protecting only your final design.

Provisional patent applications allow you to get incremental "patent pending" status as you innovate, with input from others along the way.

You should seek "patent pending" at the following stages in your innovation journey:

  • Before you begin sharing your idea without confidentiality
  • Before you begin selling or offering your invention for sale
  • Each time you make a significant improvement to your design
  • Before you talk with industry experts or potential licensing deals
  • Before approaching manufacturers, even for early prototypes
  • Before pitching your business to an investor
  • Before sharing your invention in a business competition
  • After you finalize the design for commercialization

If you plan ahead, filing 1-3 provisional patent applications throughout your product development process will be sufficient. You don't have to file a new application at every single stage. And even if you file multiple applications, it will still cost you less than hiring an attorney or paying an online legal services company.

Filing patent applications can get expensive fast. Most inventors don't file many patent applications simply due to the cost. If you have to engage a patent attorney and spend thousands of dollars every time you make incremental improvements to your product design, you would bankrupt your business before you launch your product.

However, if you can duplicate the provisional patent application process yourself, then you could easily file enough provisional patent applications to cover your entire product development process for a few hundred dollars in government filing fees.

The provisional patent application is critical to protecting your invention. If you publicly disclose your invention, sell it, try to sell it, or do a number of other things before filing, you will definitely lose patent rights in your invention.

You might be able to save some U.S. patent rights under the current 12-month grace period, but you will lose virtually all patent rights in foreign countries.

Don't jeopardize your global patent rights unintentionally or recklessly when you don't have to.

You don't know up front whether you can create a viable market for your product. Why would you do anything to jeopardize your patent rights in foreign countries, which might be key to getting your product manufactured and distributed, even if your primary market is in the United States.

If you're not thinking globally now, maybe you should keep innovating until you come up with a product worth global commercialization.

Our online workshop walks through the entire process from start to finish. We've learned that inventors have different objectives and interests, so there are four versions of the workshop:

FULL Workshop

The most detailed instructions and examples in 5 full modules over 16 hours, following every step and process of and experienced patent attorney. If you can't dedicate 16 hours of your time, don't choose this option.

FAST Workshop

Select modules from the FULL workshop, focusing on getting through the drafting process in 5 short modules over 8 hours, without all of the contextual information.

FILE Workshop

Just the basics--a "cover sheet provisional" based on your documentation using a proprietary Innovation Disclosure Form (IDF) and examples to walk through the actual filing process on the US Patent and Trademark Office website (EFS-Web). If you can't dedicate 2 hours of your time, either hire a patent attorney or throw caution to the wind and skip the whole process.

FREE Workshop

Enough to document your innovation using our proprietary Innovation Disclosure Form (IDF) in about 1 hour. If you're unsure whether to DIY your provisional patent application, get started here. If you're going to hire a patent attorney, at least take your completed IDF to save some time (and money, hopefully).

Just sign up, log in, and start today. Each workshop participant receives all the online video access, downloadable reference materials, interactive tools, and instruction necessary to complete the workshop objectives.

You choose the version that is right for your situation--they will all get you "patent pending" status, with different levels of detail and instruction.

I'm not going to tell you, "Don't hire a patent attorney." If you have the finances to engage an attorney, and your innovation process doesn't require iterative product design cycles, you prefer to pay somebody else to do the heavy lifting, or you simply don't think you can do it, then hiring a patent attorney might be your best option. If this is your preference, use the link at the top of this page to CONTACT US TODAY!

Ironically, if you were to hire me, I might include access to this workshop and ask you to go through some of the content anyway. Why would I do that? Here are the top reasons:

  • This workshop answers the questions I've already answered thousands of times before for other inventors
  • This workshop empowers inventors to contribute to the patent process, resulting in a more cohesive collaboration between technical and legal processesFULL Workshop: The most detailed instructions and examples in 5 full modules over 16 hours, following every step and process of and experienced patent attorney. If you can't dedicate 16 hours of your time, don't choose this option.
  • This workshop helps inventors understand the expectations, timelines, costs, and critical decisions inherent in the patent process
You're an Innovator
You're wired a little different from normal people. And that's okay. It allows you to create something nobody has ever created before. It allows you to test your ideas, instead of just take things for granted. This innovative approach is precisely what allows society to advance faster toward better and more fulfilling lifestyles. 
Five Common Traits of Innovators:

  • You have high memory capacity. You can handle multiple tasks, and switching between tasks, in short periods of time. This leads to out-of-the-box thinking and cross-linked solutions.
  • You have low cognitive inhibition. You don't let "normal" expectations prevent you from thinking or talking about unconventional or seemingly random things.
  • You achieve immersive flow in activities that interest you. You can get lost in these activities without thinking about how much time has passed.
  • You enjoy working off-hours. Early morning or lat nights are typical because you feel more creative during these periods.
  • You actively test nonconformity with rules and expectations. You enjoy the experimenting just to "see what will happen" as a way to test new theories or maybe just disrupt expectations.
You're Driven to Action
As an innovator, you're engaged and positioned to take action. You're fortunate to have fewer inhibitions about "the unknown" so you can adapt and take advantage of new perspectives.

The truth is, you love to learn, and there's no better way to learn something than to do it yourself. Sure, you could hire someone to help you with a project or experiment. But you would rather try it out yourself because you know that's how you'll learn the most. That's also how you'll be able to improve each and every time you run a new test, build a new prototype, or repeat an old task in a new way.

We all have a little fear inside us. Nobody is 100% sure 100% of the time, especially innovators who fundamentally believe each experience illuminates new learning. Fortunately, fear doesn't stop true innovators. Innovators appreciate knowledge gaps as opportunities to learn, improve, and even create.

So how will you use your innovative character to advance to the next level? What innovations await the master touch of your eager mind?

Join our community of innovators who are driven to Innovate With Confidence and share with each other on our Facebook group.
Who should attend this workshop?
  • Inventors pursuing a lifelong dream
  • Startup Innovators creating pioneering technology
  • Technology Enthusiasts who want to efficiently reserve their IP rights
  • Established Inventors ready to dominate the patent process
  • Entrepreneurs and "Mompreneurs" seeking social impact 
  • Corporate Legal Departments looking to streamline invention disclosures
  • In-House IP Counsel who need to minimize outside counsel costs
  • Professors and Academics working on cutting-edge technology
  • Researchers establishing groundwork for future industries
  • Founders ready to take the big leap into technology commercialization
  • Investors who need to protect their investments
  • You!
About Jeff Holman
The Intellectual Strategies team is led by Jeff Holman, an experienced patent attorney who has drafted, filed, and managed thousands of patent assets globally, including his own patents which have been successfully licensed.
Jeff is an industry leader in corporate IP strategy with a focus on patent quality, the innovation process, and the success of innovators and their technology.
Jeff advises several startup ventures that have achieved hundreds of millions in funding, built global patent portfolios spanning six continents, reached valuations well over $500MM, and successfully negotiated deals with "Shark Tank" investors.
Jeff fundamentally believes most innovators achieve the best technical insight and highest quality with a DIY approach following expert guidance using the PRO-APP™ framework.
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