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”.