We often come across various posters and pictures which carry meanings in them, and we find them really attractive. But if we have to read something and understand it, it takes a lot more energy and effort. Explaining your point to anyone is easier and more apt through drawings and illustrations than explaining it through text. So, patent drawings have acquired their importance to increase the scope of getting a patent issued.
What are patent drawings?
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) defines a design as something that “consists of the visual ornamental characteristics embodied in or applied to an article of manufacture”.
Patent Drawings are the illustrations of the invention in form of illustrations that help to explain the invention easily to anyone. They are the visual form of patent description or invention; they aid in understanding the invention clearly. They can be in the form of flow charts, representation of steps through different pictures in case of any procedure developed, pictures in some cases, chemical equations, and so on for the invention.
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Types of Patent Drawings
- Utility Patent Drawings:- These drawings describe the utility patents which have more complex designs and attributes. These drawings protect the structural and functional aspects of the invention.
- Design Patent Drawings:- These drawings describe the unique exterior look of the invention. It’s basically for the new designs invented and their appearance, thus, patent drawings play a more important role in the description of the patent application.
- Plant Patent Drawings:- These are for the depiction of any new variety of plant either asexually or newly discovered other than a tuber propagated plant or a plant found in an uncultivated state.
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Importance of patent drawings
Although it’s not important for the inventors to add patent drawings on their patent application but they are attached with a great value which obliges the inventor to go for it. Patent drawings can help make applications more acceptable, robust, detailed, comprehensible, and captivating. Patent drawings can be created by the applicant on his own but there are some guidelines of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) that are to be kept in mind, so the need for professional assistance arises itself.
There are many obligations that need to be fulfilled for the patent drawings such as type of paper, size of paper, margin standard, symbols, arrows, numbers, etc. and the problem arising in any of these can lead to rejection of patent application and nobody wants to invest so much of money again on the whole procedure.
They save as much as 1,000 words with one single patent drawing. When it is easy for the patent examiner to understand what exactly the invention is all about, there are higher chances that the patent is approved in one go only, it saves both, time and money, for the inventor. It is really helpful if more and more patent drawings are added to the application to explain someone in an easy manner. Each patent drawing provides an outline for the patent application. They give an idea of invention like what it is, what it does, how it looks like, how it works, special features, etc.
It is easier to look at a picture and imagine it in reality rather than reading a description of the text and visualizing it part by part. Thus, it gives a clear look of the invention to the patent examiners.
But it is common to hear that “inventors don’t want to describe things specifically because they don’t want to be locked in and want very broad protection”. This thinking can sometimes get you into more trouble as explaining only broad and general aspects are usually not error-free and the chances of the application getting rejected are more.
It also comes with the advantage that patent drawings are cheaper than everything else that is required in the patent application process.
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The applicant should hire professional draftsmen for creating patent illustrations because they should represent everything about the invention which doesn’t arise the need for the text-based application. A picture may be worth a thousand words can be a cliché but is a true saying. Patent drawings can be a saviour for the new applicants as new applicants might accidentally miss something in writing but they can easily save their application from rejection if they have invested in professionals for preparing detailed and pertinent patent drawings. Investing one time on patent application by giving it a professional touch is wiser than leaving any loopholes and left with a rejected application, wasting all the efforts done.
We at PatSketch with the help of our highly professional draftsmen come up with the best services of detailing even the minor aspects of your invention so that there’s no chance of the application being rejected. The services are budget-friendly and results are assured. The professional base has never let its customers feel disappointed with the services.