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.