Preparing patent drawings in accordance with the USPTO specifications and the invention requirements is an intimidating and nerve-wracking task. Well, is it okay to trust some third-party draftsperson to create patent drawings for your patent that could do full justification to what you desire? Also, is it possible that you can create your own patent drawings? And, will cutting out cost by doing the patent drawings yourself, is a good option? This article will answer all your questions and will explain the techniques through which you can save a lot of money on patent drawings without deteriorating its quality.
Prepare Your Own Drawings
Fortunately, Yes! It is possible to create your own patent drawings if you know the USPTO’s policies, patent drawing rules, and specifications. Also, if you are able to create your patent application, you can probably do the patent drawings yourself, too. And, you can avail the following benefits if you make your patent drawings:
- More accurate presentation of patent drawings than hired professionals as you know what you want to depict better than anyone else.
- Save time in explaining someone else about the invention, or sending drawings back and forth for corrections.
- Save money by cutting all the expenses of any hired professional.
While this option might save financial benefits for you, but sometimes cutting your pocket by not hiring professional draftsperson is an irrelevant step. It is even possible that the inventor/applicant holds insignificant/incomplete knowledge about the specifications which deteriorate its quality and delay its submission.
Rather than creating self-explanatory drawings by yourself and putting your drawings on risk by leaving quality issues behind, it’s better to think off some other ways of cost-cutting. The following section of includes the most cost-effective choices of reference materials when ordering patent drawings.
Choose Reference Materials Wisely
By reference material, we mean the documents and files that you supply your draftsperson to make him understand your invention. If the choice of reference material provided by the applicant to the draftsperson is correct, then the draftsperson will be able to put up his best work on a table. Correct reference material will directly influence the time and cost you pay. The better material you provide, the less you will need to pay for drawings.
- Use computer drawing software: The best way to demonstrate is to start using CAD (Computer Aided Design and Drafting) tools for creating your drawings. CAD tools facilitate creation, modification, analysis, and optimization of designs using the software. Since, we can now able to create our drawings using software, our productivity, design quality, and communications through documentation will enhance. If we provide CAD inputs to the draftsperson, draftsperson does not need to recreate the drawings from scratch. Even changes in the existing CAD files are much easier to make. But if you do not provide CAD files, then he has to create everything from the scratch which might incur extra cost and time.
Areas of application of CAD programs include, automotive, shipbuilding, aerospace industries, industrial and architectural design, prosthetics and many more. AutoCAD, Mechanical Desktop, Inventor Series, SolidWorks and Pro/Engineer, are some of the most common CAD programs. Outputs are also available in a number of formats, such as DWG, IGES, STEP, STL, SAT(ACIS), and 2D, 3D forms to compute views in two dimensions and three dimensions, respectively.
It is a common practice that engineers/inventors send viewer files, which enables you to view CAD files without having the software. These files are not helpful when you are providing these to the draftsperson since these files cannot be edited or manipulated. It’s better to send original CAD files to your draftsperson and have them supply you a PDF version of those.
- Use native files for images: Always ask for original files (first copy of images after creation) of images, even if they are created using software other than CAD (such as CorelDRAW, Visio, Adobe Illustrator and PowerPoint) to make them editable. While images saved with file extensions, such as JPEG, TIFF, GIF, EPS and some PDF are un-editable.
When it comes to sending photographs to your draftsperson, always send the first generation coloured digital versions. When a photograph/image is taken, it is called the first generation version without any sort of editing. Photographs/image when edited for including numbering, labels, or when it’s scanned, it’s called the second or third generation image. With each editing phase, the quality becomes degraded or lost, as details get vanished after every edit.
Creating black and white copies for a coloured photograph creates a lot of difference from the original one. Since, certain shades, density, and elements are unable to be represented through only black and white colours. This problem can be resolved if the draftsperson is provided with both marked and original unmarked images so that he can understand numbering from a marked image and use the unmarked version for details. If any of the two is dent alone, then either the details will get missed or the images will get deciphered incorrectly. Therefore, both the versions will enable draftsperson to spend less time in deciphering the elements/details of the image, and thus less time equals less cost.
- Use full-colour digital versions of photographs: While taking photographs, specific views play an important role while creating drawings using those view photographs. The photographs not only have to be clear, but it must clearly depict every angle of the object/invention from every perspective.
Only the camera needs to be moved at the same height and distance for getting images from all the angles (such as top, bottom, left, right, side, and front) and the invention should stay in exactly the same position for all the photographs. Also, it is equally important that the photograph should depict only the relevant side of the invention. This will allow the draftsperson to select the ones that are useful.
Also, clear out the 5 Major Misconceptions about Patent Invention Drawings from the adjoining article.
For the best results always take the top view from directly above the item and the bottom directly from below. Also, make sure that your camera captures the invention clearly, such as the invention stays in focus and background as blur. Images are to be captured as clear as possible so that it can easily be deciphered.
While providing reference materials to draftsperson, it is important to provide best materials available so that he can easily understand the details. The more time your draftsperson spends trying to figure out details the higher your cost will be for drawings. You will be able to find out the value we add to your patent drawings here.