Patent drawings are a visual representation that enhances the readability of the patent application. It includes an illustration of embodiments, chemical equations, stages, flowcharts, etc. They are included in a patent application according to the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) rules and regulations for patent drawings. However, there are some basic concepts which we can use to enhance the patent drawings quality.
How to improve patent drawings quality?
The following section includes a small list of actions and procedures that will definitely improve the patent drawings quality. They are:
1# Follow the USPTO guidelines:
Enforcing USPTO’s comprehensive rules regarding patent drawings, strictly at the time of drafting a patent application, will remove a number of errors before filing the application. After the application of rules, the drawings will add significant quality to an application. It is not always necessary that only the applications that follow all the rules will definitely pass the patent examination. But, on searching the USPTO database, one can find a number of patent applications. These applications have passed the examinations even though they didn’t follow the patent drawing rules properly. Well, at the same time there are most cases where applications with complete drawings have passed well in the examination. Looking at the brighter side, there is no loss and definite profit by following the USPTO rules. So, one must always follow as much as possible.
2# Include clear and accurate images:
Simple, clear, and accurate images always give you priority in cases of litigation. In chances of negotiation and settlement, a well-defined patent application always favors you for the best negotiation. Even any third party will think twice while copying an idea from an unambiguous and well-described patent application.
3# USPTO can update its database for a precision of drawings:
Some efforts can even be there from the USPTO, to update its database to store better quality of digital outputs of patent drawings. At the time of submission, USPTO clearly states that images must be so clear that if they get reproduce they don’t lose its details. But, once after the submission, they are stored in databases where they get scanned to lower resolutions, reducing their quality. Sometimes, reduction makes images blur, making it difficult to search for.
4# USPTO can start accepting only formal drawings:
USPTO is accepting informal drawings at the time of first filing of an application. Which includes rough sketches, photographs, etc. If the USPTO lays down a rule in order to consider only formal drawings at the time of application filing, then it will definitely improve the quality of overall patent application at the very first phase. Also, relieving of examiners can also be via checking the drawings at once and understanding the invention in a better way. This will even accelerate the examination process, ultimately accelerating the overall patent prosecution process and saving a lot of time and money.
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