Hey Clay, I`m in the same boat as you. I am a Las Vegas based e ntrepreneur. I`m developing a new product. I decided I needed to fill out a provisional patent to protect myself as I test the feasibility of my invention through the market.
I`m going to be speaking with distributors, manufactures, and re-sellers and the idea could easily be duplicated so it is imperative for me to have some type of protection in place.
You can look online for some more information. If you need anymore specific information about patents let me know.
I hope that helps. Good luck on your venture. Please follow me on twitter, or add me on linkdin
I’m still in the process. We should be sending the finished provisional patent out next week. I do have a working proto type. The file fee is $110 but when I spoke to attorneys I was getting quotes from $2500 – $6000 for the provisional. They charge you for the patent search, creating a description, and making the needed drawings. I decided to pay a talented engineer $250 for the drawing and my friend another $200 to create the description for me. I also conducted the patent search myself. If all goes well I’ll have created a provisional for under $650. I’ll keep in touch, and once I’m done if it works I’ll send you over a sample of the format I used.