In US law, a patent is a right that can be registered by the inventor of a new process, device or product. With the US patent, the inventor has the possibility to prevent others from using his invention. Thereby, there is a better chance that the development costs amortize through exclusive use. It also guarantees that the intellectual property won’t be used by unauthorized third parties. The USA is one of the currently 153 participating states in the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT). So, you can link your PCT patent application with an US patent application if you wish so.
In the USA there is also the possibility of a provisional patent application (a Provisional) which secures the filing date and expires after 12 months. There is no examination for provisional patent applications. Together with our US colleagues we’d be glad to answer your questions regarding the US patent.
The JP patent is the Japanese patent that inventors receive when they submit their invention for examination to the Japanese Patent Office. The Japanese Patent Office takes good care in the examination process. Stipulated forms and documents must be filled and submitted. As in Germany, Japan proceeds according to the first-to-file principle. It says that the person who first filed the invention receives the JP patent. If Japan is an important market for you or if competitors are located there, we can gladly support you in protecting your inventions and ideas there. Japan is also a member of to the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT).