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Patents and Trademarks: Filing an application

Basic patent resources for general research and design ideas

Patent applications

Filing a patent application:

The most efficient (and cheapest) method for filing a utility patent application is through the USPTO Electronic Filing System (EFS-Web).  Your application, along with supporting documents in pdf, may be directly filed electronically.  You may choose to register with the USPTO or file your application as an unregistered user.

The following links provide information from the USPTO concerning the application process. ​​

For further information concerning the application process the USPTO Patent Electronic Business Center provides assistance. The Center's phone numbers and email:

Toll-Free: 866-217-9197
Local: 571-272-4100