Template Patent Document

This template patent document will help you write a provisional patent and get a Patent Pending Number.

Download Word .doc version of the patent template.

The only rule for a provisional patent is that it must “fully describe” the invention. You may write the document however you wish. Some inventors choose to copy the format of a complete patent, but we don’t recommend this. Rather follow this patent template:

Part 1: Drawing, sketch or photo

Illustrate your product (using drawings, sketches or photos), and associate a reference numeral with each part, e.g.:

Pencil

Part 2: Parts list

Name each part, e.g.:

10 – Pencil
22 – Body
24 – Writing element
60 – Eraser
82 – Collar

Part 3: Part description

Describe each part, e.g.:

The body 22 is: elongate; made of wood; circular, octagonal or hexagonal in axial cross-section; and defines an axially extending bore.

The writing element 24 is cylindrical and made of graphite. The outer diameter of the writing element 24 corresponds to the diameter of the bore defined by the body 22, and the axial length of the writing element 24 is at least equal to the axial length of body 22.

The collar 82 is: cylindrical, defining an axially extending bore; and is made of steel. The inner diameter of the collar 82 corresponds substantially to the outer diameter of the body 22.

The eraser 60 is a solid elastomeric body that is cylindrical in shape. The outer diameter of the eraser 60 corresponds substantially to the inner diameter of the collar 82.

Part 4: Assembly

Describe how the parts are assembled, e.g.:

The writing element 24 is disposed within the bore defined by the body 22, and secured therein either by an adhesive or a friction fit.

A first axial end of the body 22 is partly received axially within the bore defined by the collar 82, and the collar is crimped to secure the collar 82 to the body 22. Similarly, the eraser 60 is partly received axially within the bore defined by the collar 82, and the collar is crimped to the eraser 60 to secure the collar 82 to the eraser 60.

Part 5: In use

Describe the invention “in use”, e.g.:

In use:

  • the second axial end of the body 22 is shaved into a conical shape, thereby to cause the writing element 24 to protrude from the body 22; and
  • the exposed portion of the writing element 24 is used to write on paper. Should the user wish to erase a pencil marking, the pencil 10 is rotated and the eraser 60 is rubbed against the marking.

That’s it. The document is done!

File your provisional patent application

Next, complete the application forms and file the application.

The simplest is to file your provisional patent application through the GlobalIPCo online provisional patent filing system. Generally, it does not matter where you live; you should be able to file your provisional patent application through the GlobalIPCo system for only $199. If not, the system will notify you when you complete the applicant / inventor country field. Within a day of filing the provisional patent application through the GlobalIPCo system, you will receive a Patent Pending Number.

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What next?

Freely disclose your invention, sell the product and put it on a website. Just remember in 12 months’ time to file corresponding complete patent applications in countries in which you wish to secure patent protection.

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