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What do I need to include in my Provisional Application for Patent?

A Provisional Application for Patent is considered complete and eligible for a filing date once the USPTO receives:
  1. A written description of the invention
  2. Any necessary illustration(s) of the invention
  3. The names of all inventors
  4. The filing fee
  5. A cover sheet or electronic filing identifying:
    • the application as a provisional application for patent
    • inventor name(s)
    • inventor residence(s)
    • title of the invention
    • correspondence address
    • name and registration number of an attorney or agent and docket number (if applicable)
    • any U.S. government agencies with a property interest in the application (if applicable)