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 info@inventiapatent.com or contact us to discuss other questions you may have about patent drawings.

Patent Drawings: Hire A Professional To Avoid Rejections And Confusion Patent Drawings

In case you are not aware of this, the USPTO has certain standards that should be met when submitting patent drawings for a patent application. A professional patent drawing can also be used to give everyone a better idea of what your invention is and how it is supposed to work.

Why Should You Consider Patent Drawings Done By A Professional?

A patent drawing may not be a strict requirement for every patent application that is submitted in the United States, but a drawing will be required when a USPTO examiner needs to fully understand something in your invention. So this basically means an inventor should get in the practice of submitting patent drawings with almost every application.

If you fail to submit a patent drawing with your patent application, the USPTO may not be able to make a determination on if your invention that you have discussed in your application is the same. To avoid any confusions and instant rejections, you should always submit a patent application with a patent drawing.

As mentioned above, the USPTO has several guidelines that are specific, and they must be followed when submitting your documents. There is a requirement that the drawings are in black ink. Sometimes color drawings are permitted, but this is only if it is necessary to understand the invention. If you are submitting an electronic filing, color drawings are generally not accepted.

What should you mention when you are looking for a professional to create your patent drawings?

  • Information about what you want the patent drawings to show
  • Your own drawings or photographs that you may have already drawn yourself or taken with your camera

If you are looking for patent drawing professionals and support, contact us today to get started.

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.

Why A Good Patent Drawing is Important

A picture may be worth a thousand words, but a good patent drawing may prevent a thousand frustrations. First-time patent applicants, who might accidentally omit something in the written disclosure of a patent application, should know that a detailed patent drawing can potentially save that application from rejection.

A good patent drawing is a drawing that is detailed enough to visually convey pertinent information about an invention, including information that might be missing in the actual written description.

If you are a new inventor, and you want your invention to pass without question, then consider broadening the scope of your application by including multiple, detailed and professional drawings with your filing.

The primary benefit of filing a patent application is to capture a filing date that can be used to demonstrate priority of your invention. In order to capture the full benefit of a filing date, a good patent application should completely cover all aspects of the invention and all permutations at the time the application is filed.

Simply stated, supplying multiple, but good patent drawings the first time can help expedite the patent application approval process.

Because the detail of the patent drawing is so important, having the work done by a professional patent illustrator is extremely wise. Using a professional is well worth the investment, because a professional is specially trained to deliver a good patent drawing…specifically, the type of detailed drawing that will correctly conform to ever-changing USPTO drawing standards.

Hiring a professional patent illustrator such as Inventia Patent Drafting is more affordable than you think.  Depending on the complexity of the drawing, charges typically range somewhere between $50 and $150 per sheet.

Compared to the potential cost of application rejection, the valuable time lost in re-filing, and the headaches associated with completely starting over….good patent drawings are worth every dime.

Why You Need a Professional Patent Illustrator

First time inventors often ask if they really need to hire a professional patent illustrator to draw their idea.  Hiring a certified patent illustrator is not only important to the success of your patent application, but a huge time saver…and headache deterrent for you. Career inventors and multiple patent owners agree: professional patent illustrators not only protect your design from USPTO rejection, but can often spot inconsistencies that an IP attorney might miss.

A professional patent illustrator is important because they make it their business to stay informed about current USPTO Standards for Drawings.  Those standards start with utilizing the most widely accepted drawing method: black and white line art.  Black and white drawings also known as line art must be used for patent drawing submissions.  Today’s professional patent Illustrators also use modern software to help them quickly create precise drawings that meet ink requirements while simultaneously adhering to other strict USPTO drawing standards.

For patent drawings to be accepted, they must also include:

  • Identification of the drawings: Identifying indicia should include the title of the invention, inventor’s name, and application number, or docket number (if any) if an application number has not been assigned to the application. If this information is provided, it must be placed on the front of each sheet within the top margin.
  • Graphic forms in drawings. Chemical or mathematical formulas, tables, and waveforms may be submitted as drawings and are subject to the same requirements as drawings. Each chemical or mathematical formula must be labeled as a separate figure, using brackets when necessary, to show that information is properly integrated.
  • Margins. The sheets must not contain frames around the sight (i.e., the usable surface). Each sheet must include top and left side margins of at least 2.5 cm., a right side margin of at least 1.5 cm., and a bottom margin of at least 1.0 cm., thereby leaving a sight no greater than 17.0 cm. by 26.2 cm. on DIN size A4 drawing sheets, and a sight no greater than 17.6 cm. by 24.4 cm. (6 15/16 by 9 5/8 inches) on 21.6 cm. by 27.9 cm. (8 1/2 by 11 inch) drawing sheets.
  • Views. Patent drawings must contain as many views as necessary to show the invention. They may be plan, elevation, section, or perspective views. Detail views of portions of elements, on a larger scale if necessary, may also be used. All views of the drawing must be grouped together and arranged on the sheet(s) without wasting space, preferably in an upright position, clearly separated from one another, and must not be included in the sheets containing the specifications, claims, or abstract.

There are many more specific USPTO guidelines including the arrangement of the views, scaling, symbols, and legends.  Still wondering why you might need a professional patent Illustrator?  Read the General Information Concerning Patents here, and contact Inventia Patent Drafting for help today.

Design or Utility?

There are two main types of patents granted by the U.S. Patent Office: design patents and utility patents.

Utility patents offer greater benefits than design patents.  Utility patents  protect the way an article is used and works.  Utility patents also allow many variations of the article to be claimed in one patent, making utility patents much more broad than design patents.  Utility patents can also be filed provisionally whereas design drawings cannot.

Design patents protect the appearance of the article.  Design patents are usually much cheaper than utility patents and are much easier to obtain.   If the main feature of you invention is the ornamental design, then a design patent is all you need to protect your invention.

We suggest you seek advice from a patent attorney to figure out which type of protection is best for your patent.