The USPTO has set certain rules and regulations for patent drawings, for the applicant in terms of photographs, flowcharts, graphs, drawings, etc. While drafting a patent application one should keep in mind these rules. One also must know that a Provisional Patent application does not require drawings but in a non-
provisional patent application is required to contain drawings if drawings are necessary to understand the subject matter to be patented. Drawings are essential in most patent applications, and in very little cases where they are not essentially required, However, formal patent drawings would still provide great advantage to the applicant in obtaining the patent. It is to the applicant’s benefit to evidently illustrate the invention. While preparing the formal USPTO compliant patent drawings, one must keep in mind Patent application rules and guidelines, which include below:
The size of the drawing should be 11inch by 8.5 inches and should be white in color. It must be flexible, plane, non-shiny and free of overwriting, alterations, and marks of erasing. All sheets must be reasonably free from cracks, creases, and folds. Only one side of the sheet may be used for the drawing.
A margin of 1 inch at the top and left side, 3/8 inch at the right side and 5/8 inch at the bottom.
Numbering should be proper with guidelines to the respective parts.
Symbols can be used but you should avoid solid shading.
Only black and white colors should be used. if required, you can use other colors as well.
One must use India ink only.
The scale of the drawing must be 2/3 the size of the reduced illustration.
The drawing should include Inventor’s name, application number, Invention’s name, and identification.
Size of the drawing must be 11inch by 8.5 inches and must be white in color. It must be flexible, plain, non-shiny and free of overwriting, alterations, and marks of erasing.
Use formulas, however each one of it should represent a unique figure. One should keep the related info within the brackets.
You can also add graphs, charts, and process diagrams in the patent application. You should not limit the drawings to just illustrations; However, if you want to add photographs then make sure that they are in high definition.
Importance of Patent Drawing Rules
Your application will be considered imperfect, we If we fail to pursue patent drawing’s guidelines. This can affect an interruption in the filing of the patent application. This may also give an opportunity to other rivals with related ideas to take benefit of the situation.
Following and understanding the patent drawings guidelines assists the applicant to get a better grasp of the patent prosecution. An inventor can utilize them for further filings in the future.
A patent application with the best of the drawings will be the best one for the explanation of the invention. Good, experienced draftsman creates accurate formal drawings which in turn make the strong and best patent. To fully understand a patent, drawings play a key role. If you work as per the Patent drawing rules also aids to save a lot of time and money as the Applicant has a higher chance of getting the Patent accepted for the first time.
Useful guidelines by USPTO
There are some key points provided by USPTO that may help to increase the documental value of your
One view must not be placed upon another or within the outline of another. All views on the same sheet should stand in the same direction and, if possible, stand so that they can be read with the sheet held in an upright position.
The sheets of drawings should be numbered in consecutive Arabic numerals, starting with 1, within the sight as defined in paragraph (g) of this section. These numbers, if present, must be placed in the middle of the top of the sheet, but not in the margin.
The different views must be numbered in consecutive Arabic numerals, starting with 1, independent of the numbering of the sheets and, if possible, in the order in which they appear on the drawing sheet(s). Partial views intended to form one complete view, on one or several sheets, must be identified by the same number followed by a capital letter.
View numbers must be preceded by the abbreviation “FIG.” Where only a single view is used in an application to illustrate the claimed invention, it must not be numbered and the abbreviation “FIG.” must not appear.
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