Question: What is the difference between a provisional and non-provisional patent?
Question Detail: What is the difference between a provisional and non-provisional patent? How much would each cost? What would be more ideal if you want a product to be patented under your name?
Answer: A provisional serves a place holder in the patent office for your filing date. But it cannot become an issued patent. A non-provisional can become an issued patent. Costs can vary widely. Neither a provisional nor non-provisional is more ideal than the other if the factor is holding it under your name.