File 1st Service

File 1st is a service to help inventors, entrepreneurs and small business owners file patent, trademark and copyright applications quickly. The U.S., like most countries, is a ‘first to file’ country. The first party to apply for a patent or trademark with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office establishes first rights to the invention or trademark. The old saying, if you snooze, you loose”, is alive and well.

Individuals participate in ‘Do It Yourself’ activities or exercise for different reasons. Some individuals participate in ‘Do It Yourself’ activities or exercises to save money. Some individuals need more time to investigate if an idea for a new product, or business is worth pursuing. Some individuals are concerned about their idea being ridiculed and need more time to investigate. Others just like the challenge of bringing a new product, service or business to the marketplace.

Many creative individuals come up with ideas for new products or services or conceive of new business ideas who simply want to protect their ideas inventions. They are not really to commit large amounts of money and time on the idea. They want, however, to protect the idea if possible.

We enjoy helping creative individuals. It they pursue their ideas, they will, sooner or later, seek professional help. We call this movement: From ‘Do it Yourself’ (DIY) to ‘Do It Together’ (DIT).

We strong recommend that if you prepare a provisional patent application yourself, you file it as soon as possible.

A. DIY Patent Application Writers:

For those interested in learning more about writing their own provisional patent application, we recommend you the following link: USPTO Guides to Filing Patent Applications.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at (425) 637-3035 or at We are happy to help you.

When the application is completed, and you want someone to review it, we also offer a free, quick review service. The greatest error DIY patent writers make is failing to adequately describe the invention in the provisional patent application. If in doubt, please contact us.

B. DIY Patent Application Filers:

The USPTO electronic filing system can be confusing. If you need help filing a provisional patent application, our ‘file 1st’ service can do it for you.

C.  DIY Trademark Application Filers:

If you file a federal trademark application, you can check the status of the application at the following link: Check Status of Pending Trademark Application.

If you receive an Office Action from the trademark attorney, we recommend you review the following link: Responding to Office Actions from the Trademark Office.

If you want more information, please contact us at (425) 637-3036 or






Dean A. Craine, P.S.
9 Lake Bellevue Drive, Suite 208
Bellevue, WA 98005
Phone: 425.637.3035
Fax: 425.637.9312

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