An Example of a Simple Provisional Patent Application

by Michael Goltry, Registered Patent Attorney (480-991-3537;

Here is a basic example of a simple provisional patent application.




FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a container constructed and arranged in accordance with the principle of the invention;

FIG. 2 is a section view taken along the line 2-2 of FIG. 1; and

FIG. 3 is a side elevation view of a container constructed and arranged in accordance with an alternate embodiment of the invention.


Turning now to the drawings, in which like reference characters indicate corresponding elements throughout the several views, attention is first directed to FIG. 1 in which there is seen a container 10. Container 10 is preferably formed of metal, wood, ceramic, plastic, or other chosen material or combination of materials having inherently rigid, resilient, and fluid-impervious material characteristics, and includes upstanding continuous sidewall 12 having outer surface 13, inner surface 14, upper edge 15, and lower edge 17. A handle 18, having ends 19 and 20, projects radially outward from sidewall 12. Ends 19 and 20 are rigidly affixed to outer surface 13 of sidewall 12. Handle 18 is generally “C” shaped in this example, and can be provided in other chosen shapes, such as “V” shaped, “U” shaped, or other chosen shape.

Referring to FIG. 2, container 10 additionally includes substantially horizontal bottom 22 affixed to lower edge 17. Bottom 22 cooperates with inner surface 14 of sidewall 12 to form or otherwise establish a volume 23. As shown in in FIGS. 1 and 2, upper edge 15 encircles opening 25 to volume 23. Volume 23 is for receiving contents placed therein through opening 25.

Container 10 has numerous uses. For example, a palatable fluid can be applied to volume 23 through opening 25, and container 10 can be lifted to the mouth of the user by handle 18. Container 10 can be used as a holder for pens, pencils or cooking utensils, or soil in which a plant can be grown, placed into volume 23 through opening 25. Other uses will readily occur to the skilled artisan.

Attention is now directed to FIG. 3, in which there is seen an alternate embodiment of a container, generally designated by the reference character 30. In common with container 10, container 30 shares sidewall 12, handle 18, and bottom 22. Container 30 is fabricated of a transparent material, such as glass or plastic, to enable visualization of the contents of volume 23 through sidewall 12. Sidewall 12 also carries a plurality of spaced apart lines 32. Lines 32 are printed, etched or otherwise applied to either outer surface 13 or inner surface 14, and can be embedded in the material of container in an alternate embodiment. Lines 32 are vertically graduated in volume or weight designations to indicate the quantity of contents within volume 23. Accordingly, lines 32 functionally relate to volume 23. Sidewall 122 additionally carries indicia 33. Indicia 33 corresponds to lines 32 for indicating the content level of volume 23 associated with the respective lines 32 in the embodiment depicted in FIG. 3.

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