To file a provisional patent application by yourself following these steps:

1. Go to the USPTO website, and hover over quick links at the right side of the page.


2. Select the second option ‘EFS-Web’ at the left side of the menu, or visit the following link for direct access: 



3. Fill in your name and email address, and then select ‘New application/proceeding’. A new box will appear, there you select Utility, then ‘Provisional’, and click continue, as shown below.


step 1-how to file a provisional patent


4. In order to continue filing the provisional patent application, on the next screen, select the second radio button titled ‘Web Based ADS. You have an option to either complete this form or complete a provisional cover sheet form, SB/16 which can be downloaded from the USPTO website. Here, we’ll continue with the Web Based ADS instead of SB/16.



5. As soon as you click on Web Based ADS, new fields emerge. While this form may seem complicated and long, do not worry — you’ll be only completing a few sections.

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