Pro Se Patent Application

We are often asked by inventors if they can file a patent application by themselves, pro se, without the help of a patent attorney. The short answer is, yes, it’s possible, but it’s not recommended. The patent process is a complex set of laws, regulations, policies, and procedures. We therefore recommend that you hire a registered patent attorney or agent to prepare and file your patent application. If you do decide to file your application pro se, however, the Patent Office provides lots of helpful resources, including educational materials. that can guide you during the application process. To learn more about the Pro Se Assistance Program, visit the Patent Office website at, NOT or With all of this in mind, we still recommend that you contact an experienced patent attorney or agent.