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Utility Patent Drawings: Why Sketches Aren’t Enough

The United States Constitution asserts that any creator has the right to seek protection for his or her idea. Anyone who has plans for a product that he or she wants to create and who wants to maintain the rights to those plans and that product, will need to present it to a government agent for examination and approval.

While a design patent will protect the way a product looks (colors, graphics, etc), a utility patent will protect the invention’s functionality. It will help to prevent another person from being able to copy both the mechanics and certain other elements of your design.

One thing you will need when you apply for your patent is good, clear drawings to go with the device specs. Your drawings will need to convey several truths about the proposed product:

  • Is there enough evidence that the product will work?
  • As the inventor, have you demonstrated knowledge in the field; knowledge of the relevant formula and knowledge of the other data that went into coming up with this design?
  • Is there a clear description/listing of the concrete facts? (How tall is the invention? How wide is it? What shape is it? )

An issue that often arises for many first-time, would-be patent applicants is deciding how many drawings to create. Furthermore, why isn’t it enough for the inventor to simply sketch the item? Why are in-depth diagrams of its inner workings also necessary? When you’re just starting out, costs are always a consideration and you likely want to save money wherever you can.

However, to receive a utility patent, you must provide sketches of both the outside and the inside of your product. In addition, the utility patent will also cover the way your product works, so it’s important to have drawings that are as detailed as possible.

Utility patent drawings are intricate and specific drawings that skilled artists with engineering know-how create for you. They offer a comprehensive look at how your proposed product will work and operate.

In addition, in order to accurately illustrate a product, it may be necessary for you to include tables, equations, chemical information or other data. Correct scaling is also important. The better the patent drawing conveys information like this, the better chance you have of receiving your patent, (and receiving adequate protection from it). Therefore, it’s extremely important to select a firm that can illustrate your design ideas effectively.

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Reasons why you should obtain a patent for your idea/invention

Yes, there are good reasons to obtain a patent for your idea/invention.

You have created something amazing, something that is your idea and your creation. You have probably created drawings and outlines; you have  probably even created a small prototype. You have also done a substantial amount of research so you will know if someone already created something like your idea.

You came to the conclusion that people will love what you have come up with; you are ready to take the next steps toward getting your idea out there for people to know about, but you are unsure if you should patent the idea or invention.

To make things a little easier for you, we want to provide you with reasons why you should obtain a patent for your idea/invention.

  • You will be able to protect your invention when it makes it to the stores. If anyone tries to use your invention or market it without your authorization, you will have the right to take the necessary legal actions.
  • When you obtain a patent for that great idea or great invention, you will have the opportunity to make money when you idea/invention is commercialized.
  • If you have any business partners, they will start to feel more comfortable with the decisions you are making because you took the right step in patenting your product. They will know you are committed to your product, and that you want only good things to occur.

When you have a patent in the database, people will typically steer away from any unlawful activity involving your idea/invention. Your patent will be something like a red flag to others who are thinking about stealing your idea. You have spent a significant amount of time on this idea/invention, so why not get a patent to protect it?

If you need advice or additional information about obtaining a patent, contact us today.