January 29, 2016

Frequently Asked Questions

Getting Started

What do I need to order a drawing/illustration package ?

To purchase a drawing/illustration package, all you need is a valid credit card or a PayPal account. Please refer to the FAQ section on ‘Ordering a Utility Patent Drawing / Design Patent Drawing’ for details on how to purchase. You need to either sign in “My Account” or create and activate a new account when checking out.

How do I start with The Patent Illustration Company (TPDC) ?

It is quite simple. On the TPDC website, click on ‘Utility Patent Drawings’ or ‘Design Patent Drawings‘ to order patent drawings. Just follow the process you are guided through. You will be asked to share your details (your full name, business email, phone number, country name, etc.) before making the first purchase.

 

Creating My Account

How do I register at TPDC ?

You will be asked to share your details (your full name, business email, phone number, etc.) before making the first purchase. You also have the option of directly registering at “My Account” page where you need to submit your business email. Once you click on that Register button, you will receive your account details on registered email. Further, you can edit your password and account details.

 

About Our Services

What software you will be using to create our drawings?

Following are the formats that we will be using create client’s drawings: AutoCAD, TurboCAD, Autodesk Inventor, SolidWorks, CorelDraw Suite, Visio, etc.

Can you do patent drawings for countries other than United States ?

Yes, besides keeping up to date with United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) regulations, we are also up to date with various other patent offices like: EP, WIPO, CA, UK, JP, KR, AU, DE, SG, IL, etc. and provide drawing services regularly

What about iterations/corrections?

Any corrections needed due to our error will be done at no charge. Small revisions will be done at no charge. Changes to the scope of the project and additional drawings will be charged at our normal rate.

What information do I need to provide to avail patent drawing service?

Anything that can help us understand your invention in a better way like website images, sketches, photographs, informal drawings, AutoCAD files, brochures or video

Why TPDC?

Over the years, by offering QUICK, ECONOMIC, & ACCURATE patent drawings services to patent law firms/practitioners and corporations, we have established a name for clients to rely on 100% in any situation where they need the patent figures. No matter how complex are the patent (utility or design) drawings you are looking for, our draftsmen are well equipped to handle each of those with 100% compliance to patent office rules. Our team takes proud in keeping updated both about Using the latest software/technologies to cater to any and every output format that exists AND about rules/guidelines of all major patent offices around the world. So Welcome to the SUPER-EASY patent figures ordering platform and get ADDICTED!

How will I know if these are utility or design patent drawings?

If the drawing is supporting a utility patent application it is a utility patent drawing and if it is for a design patent application it is a design patent drawing.

Is the exploded view considered as one drawing?

Yes, a single view of a drawing is considered as one drawing.

How many different angles of drawings do I get by paying $35/$25?

This is a per figure cost, every view will cost an additional $35 / $25.

What payment methods do you accept?

We prefer to accept payments via Pay Pal. However, if you are not comfortable with it, we can also accept wire transfers.

Can I submit a sample of my product for the drawing instead of photographs? If so how?

Yes, you can. Go to our service pages, and through that page you can submit a sample of your product. However, if we have any questions on the details of the drawings, our experts will contact you.

What sort of guarantee you have for confidentiality of the subject in the drawings?

We sign an NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreement) with every client that we work with. All our employees also have signed an NDA with us to prevent any leakage of any kind of confidential information.

Does a design patent drawing require dimensions?

If you have it, it will be great and will help us make better drawings in the first go itself. Else, if you don’t, no worries – we will prepare the first draft based on what we have and can do iterations based on your feedback.

Can you create a drawing from specifications without an exact picture?

Yes, we can create a drawing from specifications without an exact picture but we still will like to receive a hand drawn image of the drawings. Also, such a situation usually requires multiple iterations and normal pricing and delivery dates are not applicable.

Would you be able to create a sketch without a prototype but with a detailed description?

Yes, we can create a prototype based on the description of the invention but we still will like to receive a hand drawn image of the drawing. Also, such a situation usually requires multiple iterations and normal pricing and delivery dates are not applicable.

What are the details you require from me?

Anything that can describe your invention including sketches, prototypes, 3d-renderings, photogrphs, videos etc. will work for us. Even if you don’t have one of these we can create it from scratch based on the subject matter of the invention and rough hand drawn sketches.

How do you go about doing the numbering, lines, etc. for the figures?

Numbering, lining and other elements are included in a patent drawing based on the requirement of the respective patent office. We have expert patent draftsperson that are well acquainted with the patent drawing rules and rest assured that we will do things accordingly. You can share these details as per your needs during the start of the project or as input once the drawings have been finalized.

Is the number of figures non-exhaustive?

There is no rigid rule on the numbers of figures needed. It depends on what and how you wish to convey your idea or invention to the respective patent office. Any number that can explain your idea completely is more than enough.

Do you work on 3D rendering projects?

Yes, we will be able to do that. Let us know what is needed and we will get back to you.

Do you have any samples of your work?

You can download our sample through the product pages.

Is the $25 per drawing per sheet or per each drawing on a sheet?

Our prices are per drawing and not per sheet.

I realize that drawing amendments are different from the original design drawings and was wondering if you would be able to help me in amending those drawings?

Yes

Can you confirm that the figures you create include numbers identifying particular parts of the figures?

Yes, we include numbering and also other necessary elements as per the specified rules of the respective patent office including sheet size, line-types, shading style everything. However, we will need to know the numberings from you in order to incorporate it into the drawings.

Some of the files I’d like to submit to you are photographs. Those photos don’t have numbers on them. Is there a way I can work with your team to indicate which parts should be numbered?

Yes, we can do that. Numbering is essential and can be provided once the first draft of our drawings has been completed. Our expert draftsperson will use them to incorporate it into the final drawings.

What are your office hours, as I would like to discuss my project?

We are available Monday to Friday. Please call on the number provided.

Could you please explain what constitutes a “figure” for pricing?

We assure you that our pricing is pretty straight-forward and very transparent. For example, we don’t charge extra for each block in a block diagram – it would be a single figure. Similarly, a flowchart would be considered as a single figure. However, for example, multiple graphs in the same figure would be considered as separate figures because we will have to draw each of them separately or for example, Figs. 1a, 1b and 1c showing different embodiments of the same invention would be considered as separate figures.

 

Ordering a Utility Patent Drawing / Design Patent Drawing

Can I change or cancel my order?

Changes or cancellations to an already placed order can be done in two ways:

  1. By sending an email to the account manager assigned to you for this delivery (the details will be in your order confirmation email).
  2. By calling our customer services helpline at +1-773-312-3937.

While we will make every attempt to change your order, additional charges may apply if work on the request has begun or if the scope changes significantly. Therefore, please make changes as soon as you can.

 

Delivering Your Report

How my Patent Drawings will be delivered?

The drawing can be delivered in any of the below mentioned formats:

  • DWG
  • IGES
  • CAT
  • PDF
  • CAD
  • SLD
  • AI
  • VSD
  • ASM
  • STL
  • EASM

However, if you have some specific requirement or preferences, it will be delivered in that format only.

 

Troubleshooting

I am still confused – What do I do?

No Problem! We are here to help you – e-mail us to discuss your requirements.