Title or Subject of Invention

Choose a broad title, particularly at the provisional application stage.

List of Inventors

An inventor is someone “who conceived the invention”. Reduction to practice is not required.

For each inventor, include:

  • Name (first, middle initial, last)
  • Country of Citizenship
  • Residential address

You can always consult with professionals, such as patent services InventHelp, if any confusion.


Do Not Discuss Your Invention In The Background Section

  • What is the problem that you are trying to solve?
  • Has anyone else tried to solve this or a similar problem in the past?
  • What are some disadvantages of these prior solutions?
  • Avoid characterizing relevant art patents in the Background section.

All known relevant art will need to be listed in an Information Disclosure Statement and provided to the USPTO during examination of the patent and does not need to be listed in the Background section.

Description of the Invention

Describe your invention and how it is used, the more detail the better.

  • Provide pictures and/or drawings of the invention (drawings can be hand sketches, 2D CAD drawings, 3D CAD/Solidworks modeling, etc.). Only black and white drawings are used and line drawings are preferred.
  • Name the elements of the device or system of the invention.
  • Include example materials that the elements may be made out of (e.g. stainless steel, plastic, metal, polyurethane, etc).

Again, as stated above, it is advisable to hire a patent agency, like InventHelp, to guide you through the process.