- Brown Belt
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BT, The international patent community only recognizes activity with respect to the USPTO. Any public disclosure of the invention prior to filing either a provisional application or a formal utility patent application precludes one from entering the international arena. Going on AI will definitely be public disclosure so if I haven't filed before auditioning, I will forfeit that right. If you have already filed a formal utility patent, then you should be ok on your international filings, however, you might have considered the provisional route so that you could gain the extra year to develop your invention. The patent prosecution time is part of the 20 years, and the provisional extends the time to 21 years. My only concern is how important it is to the producers of AI to have the option for international patents?