Make Your Patent Application Road Less Difficult By Including Patent Illustrations

So, you are working on a big invention. That is wonderful. The entire process may be a bit challenging and exciting for you. You are working on the next best thing to put into the markets. Unless it is a formula or something chemically related, you will need to include a patent drawing, or patent illustration, as some people may refer to it as.

A patent attorney and inventor with experience knows that one patent illustration will not be enough to get the full understanding of your invention. Several sheets of patent illustrations will need to drawn or created to show several angles and aspects of your great invention. Your invention will likely be composed of several parts and features, and you will need to show how everything works. So, in order to get the full angles, you should have illustrations that show the side angles, the top angles, and the bottom angles.

To help you increase your chances of having your application approved,  you will likely need to have a patent illustrator handle the drawings for you. Not everyone is made up of artistic talents. The fact that you can not draw is nothing to be embarrassed about. There is software available that can help you create the perfect illustrations that will be part of your application.

Your patent attorney may not have the artistic talents either. Hiring someone to handle the patent illustrations will definitely be worth the price you will pay because the costs are generally low-priced. Even if you do have the artistic talents, a professional patent illustrator will understand what type of details need to be part of the drawing. The professional patent illustrator will also know the type of products and materials that will need to be used. The USPTO looks for different standards that need to be met. A professional patent illustrator will understand the standards, and he or she can help you meet them.

It may seem like a challenging task to put your patent application together, but professionals are around to help you. They can make the road a little bit easier to walk down.

If you need help with your patent drawings or getting your invention patented, contact us.

Utility patent drawings: Formatting Details

Utility patent drawings are a required element of a patent application. You can try to do this yourself, or you can hire a competent patent attorney and patent illustrator to help ensure your patent application is not rejected.

What are required in patent drawings?

1. The patent drawings should not contain text, unless it is necessary to explain the drawing. Examples: “open,” “closed,” etc. Any text should be a single word. Text needs to be placed so that if pasted over with a translation of the text, none of the drawing would be covered.

2. Patent drawings should be black and white. Lines should be dark, uniformly thick, and well-defined.

3. All numbers, letters, and reference lines must be clear and simple. Numbers and letters should never be put in brackets or circles.

4. Proportion is important. Each element of the drawing should be in the proper proportion to the drawing as a whole and to other elements. The exception is when an element must be enlarged to provide clarity about certain details.

5. Numbers and letters should be at least 0.32 cm. Latin is preferred, but Greek should be used where customary.

6. One sheet can contain multiple figures. If multiple figures on a sheet are meant to be assembled, they should be shown so there is a visual representation of how they would be assembled and what would be the end result.

7. All figures should be drawn in upright positions and arranged without wasting space on the sheet. Each figure should be numbered, using Arabic numerals.

8. On all the drawings, there should be consistency when using signs to indicate particular features.

All of these formatting details are from the U.S. Patent Office, and can be a bit tedious if you are trying to ensure they are all covered. But, with help, the formatting details can be conquered. If you would like our help, please contact us and we will help you ensure the formatting is correct.

Your Patent Drawings Should Tell The Entire Story Of Your Invention

High-quality patent drawings are a critical part of all patent applications. An experienced patent illustrator will create patent drawings that will completely support everything that is specified in the written part of the patent application. Your patent illustrator will need to be able to understand all the concepts and features of the invention in a manner that is understandable.

All of the requirements that are related to the patent drawings are always enforced. When you are submitting your patent applications, the drawings must be competent. USPTO standards must be met, and a draftsperson will thoroughly review all the patent drawings. A patent examiner will ensure all the drawings are complying with the USPTO standards and regulations.

What Should You Consider Before You Turn In Your Patent Application And Your Patent Drawings?

  • You need to consider the criteria of the patent office because there is typically a specific set of criteria pertaining to the details of the drawings
  • Pay careful attention towards all the specifics of the drawings before you try to file for the patent
  • What country will you file the patent in? Different countries have different requirements, and you need to be aware of those requirements.

Patent drawings need special attention because they are used to depict and specify the features of your idea. You can submit more than one angle or view of the drawing, but all of the angles you provide should be clear and concise. The patent drawings you submit should tell the entire story of your invention. A patent illustrator will make things easier for anyone who wants to submit a patent illustration along with the application.

Contact us today if you need any help in preparing your patent application.

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.

Four Reasons Why You Should Obtain a Patent for Your Idea/Invention

When you have an idea for a new invention or design, you will want to protect your rights to enjoy the profits that it will generate. A patent issued from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will grant you the exclusive rights to that invention for a specified period of time. People are constantly coming up with different ideas and inventions, and not all of them require patents. If you have a truly original and marketable idea, you should consider investing the time and effort needed to obtain a patent to protect your idea and ensure that it is you who profits from its creation.

Below are four reasons why you should obtain a patent for your idea/invention:

Prevent Others From Using Your Idea or Invention

A patent will prevent others from making, using, importing, selling or offering to sell your invention. Patent laws allow you to prevent others from using patented features that provide commercial value in their products. This will protect the exclusivity and market value of the product and its features.

Attract Investors

Patents are viewed by investors as a general indicator of value, and can be seen as official approval of your invention. A patent shows that your invention is protected against direct competition, making investment in it a safer proposition.

Generate Licensing Revenues

A license can be sold to others for manufacturing your invention if you choose not to make it yourself. You will have the right to decide who is allowed to manufacture and distribute your invention, and you will receive royalties.

Protect Your Competitive Advantage

A patent protects proprietary inventions and processes. These may not be commercially available to consumers directly, but do give a significant advantage in the manufacturing process. This can be an object or machine used in manufacturing, of simply the way in which the process operates.

When you decide to patent your idea or invention you will need detailed patent drawings to present with your application. Contact us for more information.

The Improvement Patent: An Easier Way to Get Patent Approval

The Improvement Patent: An Easier Way to Get Patent Approval

Let’s say the invention idea you had in the middle of the night turns out to already be patented. Time to move on and generate a different invention idea, right? Wrong! Examine your idea from a different perspective and perhaps it may qualify to be submitted for an Improvement Patent. johnny_automatic_eyeglasses

The Improvement Patent is the most common patent type issued today. It is also the most profitable. So what’s an improvement patent? Basically it’s an improvement made to an existing patented device. Improvements have to be new and non-obvious and the new improved product must be exceptionally better than the original.

Depending on the scope of the patent your improved device is issued, you may or may not need to negotiate a royalty fee with the owner of the original patent. Obviously, the more extensive your changes, the more likely you won’t be required to pay royalty fees.

Improvement patents are broken down by invention type as follows:

Addition inventions

An addition patent requires that new components be added to the existing patented device. A good example might be the original vinyl record player. Initially it was a one record device, yet at some point someone patented a mechanism which allowed multiple records to be stacked and played sequentially.

Substitution inventions

A substitution patent can be issued to devices that have had major component or material changes which result in a better product. This is perhaps one of the easiest patents to acquire, given the dizzying array of new materials developed annually. A great example of this type of patent is the rubber automotive tire. The basic design remains unchanged, but changes to the rubber compounds and the tread patterns have yielded hundreds of new patents.

New Use Patents

New Use Patents basically provide new uses for old inventions. A great example is the Tempur-Pedic mattress, a very successful product in today’s marketplace. Yet the cushioning material was originally invented and patented by NASA to protect astronauts as they encountered forces of up to 36 Gs as their vehicles re-entered Earth’s atmosphere. In the 1980s NASA released the patent to the general public and a lot of people have slept more comfortably since then.

Improving existing devices is a great and perhaps easier way to develop patents. The Improvement Patent was developed for just that purpose and is the most approved type of patent issued today. If your latest and greatest idea has already been patented, take a closer look at the original patent’s design specifications. Perhaps what you had in mind is different enough to qualify for a patent after all.

Contact us and we’ll be happy to refer you to a patent attorney, help you with your patent drawings or even create a solid model. We will make sure to find a  way to make your dream come true.

 

 

Main differences between a utility patent and design patent

After receiving a lot of emails asking for more information on design and utility patents, I decided to write a short article which I hope answers some of your questions.

The United States Patent Office offers two main types of patents: utility patents and design patents. If you’re considering patenting your intellectual property, invention, or idea, it’s important to understand the difference between a utility patent and design patent. A utility patent is used to protect the function or goal of an invention, while a design patent is focused more on the method of achieving that goal than the goal, itself.

Utility patents

These are the most common types of patents and, while they’re more expensive than design patents, many people believe they offer better invention protection. Utility patents can provide protection for the function of an invention, as well as similar other variations, such that other competitors who are considering similar products will have a difficult time creating a similar product or invention without infringing on the patent.

Unfortunately, as well as being more expensive, these patents also take longer to procure than design patents. While the patent is in the process of being filed, which is generally a couple of years, a provisional patent can be issued for temporary protection, allowing you to use “Patent pending” when discussing your invention, which offers a very basic, fundamental level of deterrence for competitors.

Design patents

Design patents cover the appearance of a product or the specific design, rather than the function, goal, or utility of an invention. These patents are cheaper and quicker to procure than utility patents, but they do not cover any functional aspects of the invention. It’s also more difficult to patent variations on design than it is to patent variations on function.

Filing for both types at once

It’s possible to have a situation where you’ll want to file one of each type of patent. These situations might be for new inventions that achieve a novel goal by novel means and have a unique design. One relatively famous example where patents of each type were filed for the same invention was for the iPad.

Contact us for more assistance or a consultation on patenting your design or invention.

Do you know the difference between a utility patent and design patent?

One of the common questions asked by those looking to patent an idea or invention is: What is the difference between a utility patent and design patent? It is a good question and the answer is an important one to understand for all patent or would be patent holders.

First, it’s helpful to know the definitions of both types of patents. A utility patent is defined as an invention that is useful or that has beneficial or practical utility. In other words, it must have a use or function in the real world. Some examples of this might be machines or tools, whether they are mechanical, hand-operated or electrical. This also includes functional improvements on machines or processes.

So what is a design patent? A design patent is anything that improves the style or fashion of an already existing invention. That is to say anything that doesn’t change or improve the function of an object, but does change the look or style. Some examples of this might be a design that simply changes the shape of an existing object. This also includes non-obvious ornamental designs.

How do you tell the difference when considering which patent is right for you? The following are a set of good questions to ask yourself.

  • Are you trying to patent the way something looks, or the way something is used?
  • Does your invention already exist in the marketplace in some form? If so, is your improvement one of usability?
  • If your improvement is not one of usability, does it improve the design and look of the invention?

Remember, some inventions may qualify for both types of patents. You can always contact us for more information. We can put you in touch with an attorney and help to get you started on the right path. We work closely with some of the best IP law firms in the United States and internationally.

Finally, a good short hand way of remembering the difference between the two types of patents is to think of eye glasses. If you had invented bifocal lenses, your invention would require a utility patent, since these lenses change the way eyeglasses function. However, if you had invented the Coke-bottle style of eyeglass frames, that would require a design patent, as they change the way glasses look but do not affect their usability.

Hiring an Industrial Designer

 

Do you have a great product concept that you want to make more commercially attractive?  Are you considering patenting your concept?  If you’d like to increase the probability of acceptance for your patent application or the quality of your product design, consider working with an industrial designer.  Hiring an industrial designer will help you refine the design of your idea and provide valuable assistance in the development of your patent application.

 

An industrial designer is an engineer that focuses on the appearance and use of a product.  An industrial design engineer is experienced in combining both art and science to create products that are both functional and aesthetic.  They can help you examine the functionality of your concept, and refine the efficiency and effectiveness of its operation.  Professional industrial designers occasionally work in teams because some have a stronger engineering background, while others have a more artistic background.

 

Using an Industrial Designer for Product Development

 

When you’re developing a concept for a commercial product, an industrial designer can:

 

  • Improve the aesthetics of the product or system by creating a look that is attractive and unique to your product and/or company
  • Improve the ergonomics of the product or system, making it easier and more comfortable to use.
  • Improve the usability of the product or system by simplifying the functionality or operation and reducing the required learning curve to use the product or system
  • Improve the marketability of your product or system by making it more attractive to potential buyers.

 

Using an Industrial Designer for Patent Applications

 

While an industrial designer can be a great resource for product development and helping you to create a product or system that is more commercially viable, an industrial designer can also be a valuable partner when creating patent applications.  Every patent application must include detailed descriptions and drawings of the invention, and all must be presented in a very specific format.  The descriptions and drawings have to convince the patent reviewer that your invention is novel, and the patent drawings have to reflect those claims.

 

Because of the specific formats and requirements for the description and drawings in a patent application, hiring an industrial designer that is intimately familiar with the patent application process can help to develop both the description and the drawings and improve the probability of acceptance of your application.

 

It’s often beneficial to hire experts to help you in your business to fill gaps in your in-house expertise, and hiring an industrial designer is no exception, whether you want to improve the overall design of your concept or whether you are filing a patent to protect your intellectual property.

Five Reasons Why To Patent Your Invention

Inventors are commonly encouraged to patent their inventions, but the patent process can take time and resources to execute properly.  Some inventors decide that the cost is not worth the effort, and forgo the process, without realizing the significant benefits that patenting their invention can provide.

 

According to the USPTO, The right conferred by the patent grant is, in the language of the statute and of the grant itself, ‘the right to exclude others from making, using, offering for sale, or selling’ the invention in the United States or ‘importing’ the invention into the United States.

 

Here are five reasons why it is important to patent your intellectual property:

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  1. To Protect Against Intellectual Property Theft – One of the main reasons to patent your invention is that it is very difficult to convert an idea to market without interacting with parties outside of your company.  You’ll have to share concepts with investors and manufacturing partners in order to commercialize your concepts.  By filing for a provisional patent on your design, you gain legal protection against the unauthorized use of your concept.
  2. To Protect Your Company’s Ability to do Business – To put it simply, if you don’t patent it, someone else will, eventually.  You could not only have competition in your market, but you could also lose the rights to compete at all.  If this happens, then all of the investment that you put into your business could be for naught and you could become entangled in costly legal battles.
  3. To Increase Market Position – By developing a patent portfolio for your company’s intellectual property, you will increase your market position by limiting the ability of other companies to compete in your specific niche.  This increased market position and reduced competition can result in an increase in return on investment (ROI) for your company.
  4. To Guarantee Your Ability to Charge Licensing Fees– You may never get to the point where you fully commercialize your concept, but there may be others that have the resources to make your ideas come to life.  This is where licensing can be a great benefit.  By patenting your design, you can license the patent to a partner company, who then invests in the commercialization.  Your company then earns licensing fees for the use of the technology.  Without patents, it would be legally difficult to transfer technology to a development partner.
  5. Patents Look Good on Paper – A patent portfolio is tangible evidence of the technical expertise and commitment to development that you have instilled in your company.  Investors and partners will perceive an increased level of expertise, quality, and innovation in your company, which could lead to increased investment.  Investors and partners will feel a sense of security knowing that you have protected your IP, which will in turn protect their investment.

 

Patenting a product design can take time and resources to complete, but the benefits that patent protection can provide to your company can far outweigh the investment required.