Do Your Invention Justice By Including Utility Patent Drawings In Your Patent Application

It will be a difficult process for someone when he or she is trying to explain an invention without having something to actually show for it. Actually, it will likely be impossible to achieve. This is a reason why almost every person who has submitted a patent application has included multiple patent drawings and illustrations. Sometimes it is not necessary to submit multiple drawings, but potential patent holders choose to submit at least four or five utility patent drawings.

The US Patent Office has very firm requirements and rules concerning the patent drawings and illustrations that are part of the patent application. The firm rules are mainly in place so the drawings can be easily seen and understood. The patent drawings should not be vague or ambiguous. So, all of the drawings need to be labelled correctly so every aspect of the drawing can be understood.

With all of the guidelines and rules that have to be met, it is highly important to have a team of people with experience who are prepared to help you meet the patent drawing standards. Every potential inventor wants to move forward with the patent drawing process. A patent drawing and a patent illustration are needed, but they will not always do your application and your invention justice. You need to get the full image of the invention, and you will need to capture different angles.

The people who are in charge of accepting or denying your application need to see more than one angle of the product that you plan to bring to the market. Also, if you want someone to invest or buy your products, you will want to use your patent drawings and illustrations to help convince them that your product is a winner.

If you need a help with your patent application, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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.

Follow The USPTO Standards And Adhere To The Rules Before Submitting Your Patent Application

Whenever you need to have a patent drawing to fulfill the requirements of understanding an invention, these drawings have to be accompanied with your patent application. There are also several USPTO standards that have to be met in order to fulfill the requirements.

The patent drawings must be accurate and need to follow the strict rules that have been set. The drawings should demonstrate and describe what your invention is all about, and what the various features are going to be used for. The drawings need to follow the certain USPTO rules that have been set aside for patent drawings.

  • Only use black ink on white background.
  • You have to meet certain paper size and margin requirements.
  • You should not use photographs unless that is the only method that can display the invention.
  • You should only use color when it is absolutely necessary. You will have to complete a petition and submit it to the USPTO before you can be allowed to use color ink.
  • Your drawings should be shown upright.
  • If shading can give you a better understanding of some parts of your invention, then you should use shading in those areas.

Many of us are not professional drawings; many of us are far from that. You can have your drawings done by a professional, and the price can be less than you think. If you have the funds and you do not want to do it yourself, a patent illustrator can be a big help.

You can also create your patent drawings on your own. There are various software available that can save you money and help you create the best drawings that will describe your invention.

Whatever way you decide to having your drawings created, you should follow all of the rules that have been set. We are here to help you, regardless of what route you decide to take. Contact us for additional information.

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.

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.

FAQ and FACTS About Patent Drawings

You have worked hard on your invention or concept and now you need to get that idea into a format that is professional and understandable. At Inventia Patent Drafting,Inc., we pride ourselves on attention to detail.

As with most services, there are often misconceptions and misunderstandings about the process of creating Patent Drawings.  At Inventia Patent Drafting, Inc., we have heard most of these questions before and decided to assemble a list of them along with our answers.

Please note that more often than not, our “answer” may be more questions.  We have learned that if we ask the right questions and pay attention to details, we will eliminate misunderstandings and you will get the drawings you want.

  1. “What SETS YOUR COMPANY APART from Other Companies Who Provide Patent Drawings?” – We like to hear that type of question because it means you, as the prospective client. sincerely want to understand what is different about each service provider. Most people have learned that if they ask straight forward questions they get better answers. At MicroChannel Services we answer this with a variety of questions of our own. What is your idea or invention? How long have you been working on it?  How important is the drawing in your process? How will you be using the drawing?  Will you need 3D (solids modeling?)  We have learned that the more questions we ask, the better the final result!
  2. How Much Will this COST? – What’s the bottom line?  Most drawing professionals will provide you with a price estimate along with a price for revisions.
  3. Will you provide we with MULTIPLE RENDITIONS and “Works in Process”? – The fundamental is Yes, but we do charge for revisions. The more complex the drawing, the more there will be need for revisions.  We charge by the hour for revisions.
  4. Can you provide drawings for BILL OF MATERIALS, GRAPHS, MULTIPLE VIEWS and other Support Documents? – Yes, we have the ability to draw and annotate whatever you need.  We will need to develop a custom quote for drawings that include BOM’s, Graphs, Charts, Views and other details.

Please call 877.710.7895, email or contact us to discuss other questions you may have about patent drawings.

USPTO Standards: Patent Fees May Increase In 2017

Recently, the USPTO made a proposal to change the patent fees. In the published proposal, it stated that the patent prosecution fees will increase a small amount. However, other common fees can increase to as much as 25 percent.

The USPTO hopes the proposal goes through, and this will result in major changes to the following:

  • Filing patents
  • Searching
  • Patent examinations
  • Issuance fees
  • Fees for an appeal

The current fees for the above will only recover a small amount of how much it costs to file for a patent, search, and for an examination. The adjustments that have been proposed are listed below:

  • The examination fee will become $600, which is a $140 increase
  • The fee for filing for a patent will become $200, which is a $20 increase
  • The search fee will become $160, which is an increase of $40
  • The issue fee will be $1000, and that is an increase of $440

When you add all of the above fees, you will see that the total increase for a patent fee will be $640. This is certainly a large increase for a design patent application when you compare it to the fees that are currently set.

The fee adjustments that have been proposed are not only for design applications in the United States but for international applications as well. The new fees that have been proposed may be implemented in 2017. In 2017, there will be a new administration.

If you need advice or additional information about USPTO standards and filing patent applications, do not hesitate to contact us today.

How to find a good patent illustrator: A Good Patent Illustrator May Be Hard To Find, But You Still Need One

This is your invention. Who knows it better than you do? You probably say you know it so well that you do not need to pay another person to draw it for you. Well, you have the invention, but you also want a patent.

It does not matter if you are working with a patent attorney or going through the process by yourself. Patent drawings are an essential part of the process that many people neglect. We do not want you to become one of those people, so here are some things we want you to consider.

As you already know, there are rules that need to be followed. The USPTO may not be as strict about their standards of accepting applications, but people still receive rejections.

There are many people who seek help from someone after their submitted illustrations have been rejected. The drawings typically are not revised or fixed; they are typically created all over again. So, what can you do to avoid this? You can make sure you do this right the first time by finding a good patent illustrator.

When you find a good patent illustrator, you have found someone who is worth every penny that you will pay. A good patent illustrator will know how to use the latest patent drawing tools, equipment, and software. A good patent illustrator will also have the latest information on the USPTO standards and regulations, so you will not have to worry about the guidelines because the illustrator is already informed.

You may think that you can take the easier way out and get anyone to draw the picture, but these illustrations can be the difference in an acceptance and a rejection. If you find a good illustrator to do the job for you, then that amount of money will seem small compared to the money you can make after your invention becomes popular.

It is your decision to make, but if you need additional advice or information, do not hesitate to contact us.