What is a provisional patent application cover sheet?

What is a provisional patent application cover sheet?

The cover sheet is a required fillable document for the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) when you apply for a provisional patent application. Filling out the cover sheet is straightforward, but you need to make sure that you follow all the requirements. Otherwise, the USPTO can reject your provisional patent application.

  1. You can download the cover sheet and instructions for filling it out from the USPTO's website.

  2. In general, the first part of the cover sheet details the information about the inventor. Fill out carefully as these are the primary logistical information about the inventor's name and residence.

  3. The second part of the cover sheet relates to the title of the application.

  4. The third part of the cover sheet relates to contact information. Fill this out accurately so that the USPTO can contact you, to send you the filing receipt, and in case the filing is incomplete or has an error.

  5. The last part of the cover sheet is logistical information on the filing itself: checklists for what’s included, method of fee payment and your electronic legal signature. Filing can be done online or via mail.

There are many additional details on the cover sheet - read the instructions carefully, or ask a patent agent to help.

Be careful to fill out the cover sheet according to the requirements. By doing this, you ensure that you will be able to file for a full (utility), non-provisional patent application on the same invention within a year.


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