How to File a Patent Application




File for a patent



A patent application must be filed within one year after the invention was made. In order to protect your idea, you need to file a provisional patent application before filing a nonprovisional patent application.








What do I need?




You’ll need to file a provisional application before you file a non-provisional application. You’ll need to provide the following information:



a) A description of the invention (the product).

b) An explanation of how the invention works.

c) A drawing showing the invention.

d) A list of any patents already filed covering similar inventions.

e) Any publications describing the invention.

f) A statement explaining why the inventor believes his invention is not obvious.

g) A declaration signed under penalty of perjury stating that the applicant is the true and lawful owner of the patent rights being sought.

h) A copy of the patent application.

i) A copy of the inventor’s oath.

j) A copy of the original filing fee.

k) A copy of the current status of the application.

l) A copy of the assignment agreement.