What is a Preliminary Patent

 What is a preliminary patent?

In the United States there’s something called a provisional patent application. It’s not a patent. It’s an application, which is a holding place for you to preserve your rights in an invention.  It must be followed up with a full patent application (within 1 year). There isn’t actually anything that’s a preliminary patent, but there’s an application process, that has a provisional and then non provisional.