A Drawing Abbreviates Thousand Words
Drawings enhance acuity, and reduce ambiguity
The patent laws in all jurisdictions require that a patent application should include a drawing (in the patent industry also known as illustration) to assist in the understanding of the invention. Patent drawings are required almost in all inventions except in Chemical Structures or Chemical Formulations. A patent Drawing or patent illustration not only assists the examiner in smoother examination of your application, but it also satisfies the criteria of “enablement” to a stronger and better patent application. Hence an invention must be described with as much detail and specificity as possible. The drawings provide a great helping hand to satisfy the patent law requirement of “describing an invention with as much detail and specificity as possible”.
In order to realize the objective of having the best patent specification, it’s wise to provide as many patent drawings as necessary in order to reveal your invention in fine detail. After all, what you disclose will remain your right only, and that’s why the patent system is in place.
Specificity Requirement of Patent Law is Better Defined by Drawings
Drawings help to make your invention more specific and better distinguishable over the existing knowledge
The invention should be specific to what the inventor has found; nothing more, and nothing less. If someone does not wish to give the specifics in the patent application, and prefers to claim in a broader way to cover more in the inventive space, unfortunately it will be a mistake. Broader the scope of your patent claims is, more likely your invention will be within the periphery of existing knowledge, nothing to distinguish over the prior art, hence not patentable in the first place.
In the chemical structure patents, especially in the Markush structure patents, though many chemical structures are provided in the application, they all go in the description of the invention, not in the separately defined Drawing section of the patent application.
Generally speaking, a product patent application, a design patent or industrial design application requires more views of Drawings compared to a process or a method patent application. Even in a process or method patent application, if it is possible to explain the invention better, good to provide the drawings in any suitable form. Software patents and some method patents often require block diagrams / flow charts to explain the invention better.
While you have provided all the details of your invention in words, it’s obviously good not to get an objection from the examiner citing the invention is not sufficiently explained in the form drawings. Most importantly, whatever you provide at the time of filing your patent application counts toward the total disclosure, and help to keep a smoother priority for you. If the drawing is not up to mark to explain the invention, the examiner may ask for a replacement of that drawing, but if no drawing is filed, it
Drawings are the sole of Industrial Designs and Trademarks
Unlike utility Patents, where the text based claims define the scope of the invention, the scope of a Design right is defined by the drawings only, and Trademark right if is based on a picture, a logo or a label is also defined by its drawings only.
Why Our Professional Patent Illustrators
Our know-how of the differing rules of Patent, Design, and Trademark drawings across jurisdictions, and our access to Advanced patent illustration tools
It’s essential to have the Patent, Design, or Trademark drawings convenient enough for a person skilled in the art and/or the examiner to refer, and also it’s required to ensure all the pages are printed in a uniform manner when the patent, Design and Trademark right is granted. For this, there are rules such as page margin, font size, type of labeling, etc. prescribed by IP offices that our professional illustrators know the best. We help you out there with our know-how of the differing rules of Patent, Design, or Trademark drawings across jurisdictions, combined with the advanced illustration tools that we use.
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