When filing, your application should consist of: (1) a detailed description (technically referred to as a specification), (2) a drawing (if applicable), (3) the, and (4) the filing fee. The filing fee for a provisional patent application is $65 for a , $130 for a small entity, and $260 for a large entity. Take a look at my past titled “how do I write a good provisional patent application,” which discusses what’s required for a sufficient description and drawing. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has a containing useful links for entrepreneurs like you attempting to file on their own. Lastly, the provides a helpful and succinct two-page pamphlet for individuals looking to apply for a provisional patent.
You may file online by clicking. I suggest you check out a step-by-step guide for filing online found on this . It even provides screen shots of the application in order to literally walk you through the process.
Alternatively, unlike non-provisional utility applications, provisional applications can be filed by mail or hand-delivery without having to pay an additional fee of $400. So if you prefer to apply by mail address your application to: Commissioner for Patents, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, VA 22313-1450. About a week after USPTO receives your application electronically or by mail, expect to receive confirmation from them of their receipt. Such communication should also grant you “PATENT PENDING” status.
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