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It is recommended that an attorney be consulted when an interpretation of the law is needed. UCF library staff are not able to provide any legal advice. Patent Assistance Information

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

To get a general idea of what type of questions the USPTO receives, click HERE.

Brochures/Guides for Filing Patent Applications

Patent Process Overview

An overview of the patent application and maintenance process, available HERE

Provisional Application for Patents

Provisional Application for Patent (guide), click HERE

Provisional Application (pamphlet) - Click HERE 

Provisional Patent Appl. Form - Click HERE

Downloadable Application Forms

To locate and print the forms you will need when submitting your patent application, click HERE.

Fee Information

Understanding the costs of filing and maintaining a patent is very important.  Click HERE to find financial information on fees and payment procedures for your patent application.

Patent Electronic Business Center

The Electronic Business Center (EBC) assists patrons with the submission of their application and review of the patent application in Public and Private PAIR.  Click HERE for further information.

Use "PAIR Bulk Data" to search and download large sets of data from publicly available patent applications.

Inventor's Assistance Center

The Inventors Assistance Center (IAC) answers questions concerning patent examining policy and procedure by former Supervisory Patent Examiners and experienced Primary Examiners.

How to Contact the IAC

  • Hours:  Monday – Friday, 8:30 AM – 8:00 PM (ET), except federal holidays
  • Toll-free:  800-PTO-9199 (800-786-9199)
  • Local:  571-272-1000
  • TDD/TTY customers can dial 800-877-8339 for customer assistance

Roster of Patent Attorneys and Agents

To search for and find a patent attorney or agent in your city, county or zip code, click HERE.

USPTO Home Page

If you need to browse the different resources for the USPTO, CLICK HERE