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QUESTION: Can you tell the details about your product after you file for a provisional patent? At what point is it okay to tell the general public about your invention? Is it okay after the provisional patent?

ANSWER: Yes, you can disclose the details after you file your provisional. However, a provisional does not automatically stop someone from copying your invention. You have to take affirmative steps to stop the copying, such as a cease and desist letter.

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