Every professional patent attorney knows the importance of patent drawings in the description, protection and understanding of a patent. Creating unambiguous drawings is paramount to the success of filing and protecting a patent.
By clearly showing the invention and all its unique features in an easily digestible format, an overloaded attorney can quickly understand a complex invention. In the case of patents, the old saying, “A picture speaks a thousand words” really holds its own. Drawings give patent attorneys the ability to visually describe an invention and cut back on ambiguous wording that is easily misinterpreted.
The clarity of your patent drawings can also be used to protect your invention from potential infringement. Patent drawings can play a large role in the case of patent infringement, often clarifying the patent owner’s claim, which can turn the decision in your favour.
On the other hand poorly drawn figures can also be used against the patent holder. Unclear and misleading drawings can make defending a patent a challenge, often leading to the rightful patent owner losing their claim.
Patent offices are known to apply strict criteria to the technical details of drawings they accept. Gaining an understanding of these criteria should be your first step. It’s not uncommon to have drawings rejected by patent offices as they don’t meet their guidelines.
The safest option for an individual filing a patent is to seek out the services of professional patent illustrators who are experienced with the various criteria of patent offices.
Technical Specification for Patent Drawings
All patent drawings are different, so the figures shown must be relevant to the invention, showing as much detail that is required or specified by the patent attorney. At the most basic level patent drawings must meet the requirements of the country in which the patent is to be filed. Different countries have different rules for accepting patent drawings, requiring that drawing specifications, such as line thickness, surface shading, and dashed lines, meet their requirements.
Surface shading even has its unique criteria, as different materials need to be shaded in specific ways so that they can be clearly identified.
As there are different types of inventions that can be filed there are distinct types of drawings that need to be filed with them. These differences cover the type of invention, such as appliances, mechanical devices, computer-related, business methods, biological, micro-organisms, etc. The drawings for all these different types of inventions will be subject to specific requirements and criteria for a successful submission.
Although there are differences, there are also universal requirements that all patent offices look for in accepted drawings. In a nutshell, any drawing must be clear, in black and white, and have solid black lines.
Patent drawings created, submitted, and accepted in one country may just as easily be rejected in another. But regardless of where a patent is filed, creating professional drawings makes describing, protecting and understanding your patent incredibly straightforward.
Here at B.Product we can complement your existing services or just make your patent filing that little bit easier with our professional patent drawing services.