Filing a patent application can be quite exciting. It can be something of a worry, too. Many inventors go through a phase of what if questions about what will happen when they file their application. Will it go through? What if there are problems with the patent search? What if I am forgetting something?
The first step is having a provisional application put into place. This application provides you with the initially protect you need. Once in place, your idea is virtually protected even if you take it out to talk to investors about it or start to sell it.
The process requires that you follow some very specific technical specifications to file a patent. The US Patent Office can provide you with more information that you need, but in general, the information required is as follows.
The third thing you will need is a US Patent Office filing fee. Currently, the filing fee for provisional patent applications is $125, but this is subject to change and there are various situations where it could be different.