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Patent Applications

At Ference & Associates, we have nearly 25 years of experience working with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to obtain more than 1,000 patents for our clients. We will work with you through every step of the patent process to ensure success for your invention. We practice intellectual property law in a variety of industries for local, regional, national, and global companies.

Nonprovisional Application

A nonprovisional application is comprised of the following items:

  • A written document which includes a specification (description and claims)
  • Drawings, when necessary
  • An oath or declaration
  • Filing, search, and examination fees

Provisional Application

The term “Patent Pending” is commonly used, but what does it mean? With a provisional application, an early effective filing date can be established which then permits the term “Patent Pending” to be applied in connection with the invention. Provisional applications cannot be filed for design inventions.


To learn more about patents, please visit the following:

Pittsburgh Office
409 Broad Street
Sewickley, PA 15143
+1 412 741 8400

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Ference & Associates is a Pittsburgh, PA based law firm with a global client base. Our attorneys focus on patent, trademark, and copyright law.

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