Creating Patent Drawing – Patent grant process has always been a trouble-some and time-taking activity from the very first day of its filing. There is no doubt that the grant of a patent just not only depends upon the inventor’s skills and knowledge about his/her invention technical subject, but also upon his patience level, and the investment amount to fill all the related fees. Keeping track of all the important dates on which your court presence is mandatory, keeping every single record for every single documentation involved, and following all the strict guidelines for documentation, is not a cup of tea for everyone. Adding to this sequence, the whole process takes a time of about 2 or more years.
Moving on specifically towards patent drawings, they are graphical representations or sketches of an inventive concept. Drawings are a medium through which the inventor can communicate and visualize the technicalities of the invention in front of the examiner. Although drawings are a versatile medium to present the functionality (in utility patent) and appearance (in design patent), but at the same time they are a bit risky to tackle.
It is due to the following reasons, why we might want to explain that patent drawings must not be taken lightly:
- There are a number of USPTO (United States Patent and Trademark Office) guidelines and pre-requisites that have to be followed in the drawing draft. Specifications range from the size, ink color, drawing size, etc. to the quality of sheet. In case the inventor fails to follow any minute condition, his/her application will become liable for rejection.
- Following all the pre-requisites does not complete the task, but at the same time the application must include the finest set of illustrations that clearly depict its uniqueness or novelty.
- Considering the type-based specifications, for utility patents, every process or device part have to be properly labelled, leader lines and numbers must be strictly used, etc.; while for design patents the drawing must clearly depict the ornamental design to depict the details like contouring, shades, shapes, etc.
- Another aspect is that only black ink (India ink or equivalent) must be used, and color drawings are often discouraged.
After looking into these details which are only a glimpse of the specification required, one can easily understand that drawings are a major part of the application and it must be presented in such an effective manner, which could easily showcase the invention to potential licensees or buyers of the technology and get you the market. It is due to this reason, asking for professional help for drawings must always be a priority. Only a professional draftsperson knows how to handle all such pre-requisites in a desired time frame, which could facilitate you with some extra time that you could invest in your idea.