Ideally, there would be a .dot files (for provisional / non-provisional patent applications) that would take care of formatting details per the USPTO spec. In addition would be helpful if the .dot template included the outline for the document: prompting inventors with specific questions to advance a draft as far as possible so that it can be handed off to a patent attorney or agent. A superior .dot would incorporate advance word-processing features such as auto-numbering of paragraphs and references.
I am interested in understanding:
- Is there a USPTO preferred 'style' in the MS-Word sense for patent applications?
- Are there good .dot templates (provisional / non provisional) templates that meet the description above?
Links to good .doc patent application or .dot template is appreciated.