You can file for a patent by yourself. And filing for a provisional patent is easy, using the prepared forms and filling them in is a task that even a layman can do. But once you have filed for your provisional patent, it’s smart to allow a patent lawyer or a patent agency to provide help for your new invention idea.
Forms that Must Be Used When Filing For A Patent
The first document in a Patent Application must be the Utility Patent Application Transmittal Form or Transmittal Letter.
A Utility Patent Application Transmittal Form, also called a Transmittal Letter must be filed with every patent application to instruct the USPTO as to what actual types of papers are being filed (e.g., detailed specification, all patent claims, the accompanying drawings, the patent declaration and an information disclosure statement).
The Utility Patent Application Transmittal Form identifies the name of the patent applicant, the type of patent application, the title of the invention, the contents of the application, and any accompanying enclosures.
Deadlines For Patent Filing
New inventors often miss deadlines, because they are not fully aware of patent laws. There are legal delays within which a patent must be filed:
To ensure that inventors promptly file their patent applications, the U.S. patent law, requires that a filing be made within one year of the date an invention is placed in public use or on sale in the U.S.
This is just one more reason why choosing a patent agency, like InventHelp, or a patent lawyer from the start of your filing process is a good idea.