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I am new to the patenting world, and I am a little confused about how to go about drafting a provisional patent application. How in depth do I need to be about my idea? Do I need supplemental drawings, and if so, how detailed, and how many?

Overall, I just need an idea of how to start. What are some things to get me on the right path?

There was mention of a possible duplicate on this question, but the other question had to do with web or app development. Mine is purely mechanical.

  • Possible duplicate of How detailed should a provisional patent application be? (Software) – Maca Jul 25 '16 at 8:33
  • The subject matter makes no difference. The law for software inventions is the same as the law for mechanical inventions (at least, for the purposes of the requirements of a provisional patent application). That is why I believe this is a duplicate. However, if you think I'm glossing over something important, please do highlight what that is, since that could lead to quite a good question (and more helpful answers for you). – Maca Jul 25 '16 at 23:16
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From what I have read below a provisional patent should have a complete description of the invention. If it does not then it can be used against you to show that you did not have an invention.

http://www.ipwatchdog.com/2013/10/19/good-bad-ugly-truth-about-provisional-patent-applications-2/id=45766/

http://www.uspto.gov/patents-getting-started/patent-basics/types-patent-applications/provisional-application-patent

http://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/pac/mpep/s601.html

Not intended as legal advice. Please upvote or check as answered if this satisfies you.

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