11. You are almost done! On the next screen select the entity status of which you’re claiming eligibility, and from the following section, select ‘Provisional’ as the application being filed (that should be the only available selection). If your application is more than 100 pages (including drawings) provide the number of pages. If it is below 100, you can ignore providing the number of pages (like we have done). Click (i) Calculate and then (ii) Continue.


step 7- how to file a provisional patent


12. And finally, you’ll see a summary section providing the fee that needs to be paid, and a summary of documents uploaded. Make sure you complete and upload the micro-entity form (SB/15A or 15B) if you’re claiming micro-entity status. Please review the information and click Submit You’ll be taken to a page where you can pay the fee and complete the filing. An application number will be awarded to you. We encourage that you save all documents generated by the filing system in a secure location.

Note: effective January 16, 2018 fee for filing a provisional patent application, as a small entity has increased to $140 ($70 for micro entity).



Please note one is always encouraged to seek professional legal help before filing a provisional patent application, as an incorrect filing can do more harm than good. We also encourage you to read our post on how to select  a patent attorney.