How can I get free help filing for a provisional patent?

When filing, your application should consist of: (1) a detailed description (technically referred to as a specification), (2) a drawing (if applicable), (3) the USPTO Cover Sheet, and (4) the filing fee. The filing fee for a provisional patent application is $65 for a micro-entity, $130 for a small entity, and $260 for a large entity. Take a look at my past post 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 website containing useful links for entrepreneurs like you attempting to file on their own. Lastly, the USPTO provides a helpful and succinct two-page pamphlet for individuals looking to apply for a provisional patent.

You may file online by clicking here. I suggest you check out a step-by-step guide for filing online found on this site. 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.

Feel free to visit us at LawTrades for affordable patent assistance. We offer payment plans with no added interest to make it more feasible for entrepreneurs to protect their inventions as well as free initial consults. Hope you check us out!

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