Patent Invention Drawings are a part of the patent application that contains invention related illustrations and specifications that can facilitate everyone to easily understand the invention. Some of you may know that there are a number of pre-requisites provided by the USPTO for creating drawings for the patent application. They range from the paper quality, paper size, margins, ink color, etc. But there are four major misconceptions about the drawings that no one clears.
Following are the five major misconceptions that have been in people’s brain for a long time, but nobody clears them off.
5 Major Misconceptions
- The biggest and the most confusing aspect of patent drawings is that whether they are mandatory to be included within a patent application. According to the Patent Law Treaty, which came into existence on 18th December 2013 in the U.S., the answer is ‘NO!’, they are not mandatory to be included in the patent application. This statement simply means that it is not necessary to have drawings in every sort of application. Likewise, drawings must be included in all those applications that cannot be completely justified by textual writings.
- Another confusing thing is that whether it is allowed to submit the patent drawings section after the filing date. Also, whether it is allowed to submit them after the submission of the provisional and non-provisional application. According to the Patent Laws, the answer is ‘YES!’, it can be filed after the first filing date. This time slot will facilitate the inventor to file the provisional application or to reserve the first filing date even if there is some work left in the patent drawings.
But, another important thing to remember is that one cannot add some new and extra matter in the drawings during the application period. If something is left to be filed, then a new filing date has to be taken once a non-provisional application is filed.
Therefore, the practice of including drawings with the main application is preferred to avoid any hassle.
- Another misconception is that whether drawings are required for chemical compounds or composition. Since chemical compounds are self-explanatory and sufficient; there is no need to include drawings for their representation. Also, there is no ban on the inclusion of drawings, so if anyone wants to present a clear drawing, they are welcome as well.
- Also, there is a very common doubt that whether it is compulsory to show every method through drawing. The answer is ‘NO!’, for all those application types that represent a universal or general fact. For example, a diagram showing a man holding a straw to sip water, with all the labels for man, water, pipe, etc., is not required.
- Another misconception is that whether everything has to be explained using individual views. The answer to this misconception is ‘YES!’; while showing the process steps or any individual parts, it is always preferred to present as good and as many views in its favor, as possible. The drawings have to be in a uniform format and must be electronically reproducible. This enhances the chances of its grant, simply because the examiner will consider that the inventor is very much aware of the invention and the USPTO guidelines.
Because, the better drawings you present, the more will be your chances towards getting the patent. Therefore, hiring a professional patent illustrator is quite worthy. A professional patent illustrator holds specialization in the creation of valid multiple, detailed and professional drawings. And the best part is that the cost of hiring a professional patent illustrator is very few in front of the significance it carries and influences it builds in front of the patent examiner.
Apart from knowing the misconception, you should must focus on the rules that are mandatory while drafting patent drawings. The following article will give you an insight into the details of patent drawings rules.