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Proper coversheet or transmittal form to use with provisional application?

Ryan S

Hi Brad,

You have a great website. I am applying for a provisional patent. What is the difference between "transmittal of new application" vs "Provisional cover sheet SB0016" (SB/16 SB16)? Is the SB0014 (SB/14) needed for a provisional?
« Last Edit: April 02, 2013, 09:27:13 AM by Brad »

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The patent rules state that a provisional application must include:

(1) A cover sheet identifying:
  • (i) The application as a provisional application,
    (ii) The name or names of the inventor or inventors, (see 1.41(a)(2)),
    (iii) The residence of each named inventor,
    (iv) The title of the invention,
    (v) The name and registration number of the attorney or agent (if applicable),
    (vi) The docket number used by the person filing the application to identify the application (if applicable),
    (vii) The correspondence address, and
    (viii) The name of the U.S. Government agency and Government contract number (if the invention was made by an agency of the U.S. Government or under a contract with an agency of the U.S. Government);
(2) A specification as prescribed by the first paragraph of 35 U.S.C. 112, see 1.71;
(3) Drawings, when necessary, see 1.81 to 1.85; and
(4) The prescribed filing fee and application size fee, see 1.16.

So you can use either but I prefer the SB16 Coversheet since its easier:
http://www.uspto.gov/forms/sb0016.pdf
My free patent template: http://patentfile.org/free-provisional-patent-template/

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Hannes

Hey I'm struggling in submitting my coversheet as there is no such thing in the categories only transmittal. is this the same or did I made a mistake in filing. just hit provisional when setting utility. find no answer on the web. Thank you!

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The last items in the dropdown box should be "transmittal or new application" or something like that.   I usually select that for the coversheet and its worked fine for the past 7+ years so you should be fine doing that.

My free patent template: http://patentfile.org/free-provisional-patent-template/

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Disclaimer: The information on this site is not legal advice and is not a substitute for an attorney or a law firm.  You should seek legal counsel for legal questions.