Utility Patents

A non-provisional utility patent application must include:

  • a specification, including a description and a claim or claims;
  • drawings, when necessary;
  • an oath or declaration; and
  • Fees including the prescribed filing, search, and examination fees.

A provisional application:

  • no formal patent claim or oath or declaration required;
  • establishes an early effective filing date in a later filed non-provisional patent application; and
  • allows for the use of the term “Patent Pending”.

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