This is the Time to Get Creative

During times of crisis, innovation tends to rise because unique problems call for unique solutions. In addition, if you are currently not working, you have some additional time to engage in creative problem solving.

If you think you have come up with something unique, you may want to consider filing a provisional patent application. A provisional application is NOT a patent. It confers no enforceable rights and will not be examined. However, it gives you a “stake in the ground” and a year to file a regular, non-provisional application. During that time you can further develop the invention and obtain the resources necessary to move forward after the one year period expires.

If you want to try to file an application on your own, the Patent Office has an Inventor’s Assistance Center that can help you through the process: