Importance of Patent Drawing


The picture gives a lot of meaning when it comes to understanding an invention. As has been said in the famous phrase that a picture is worth a thousand words, it substantially fits in the arena of the patent application. There are three main requirements for a patent to be granted for an invention. Firstly, the invention must be novel, secondly, it must involve inventive steps, and finally, it must be capable of industrial applicability. It is important for an invention to work and must be there in practice. With different jurisdictions having altogether different laws and their legislative requirements, the inventor must be clear with the jurisdictions they want to apply in and the requirements therein, when it comes to drafting the patent.


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Getting along with the patent drawing

For a professional who will help in structuring the patent application, the details will be enshrined as follows-Claims, Descriptions (or specifications), Drawings, Background, Abstract, Summary. Patent Drawing is an important part of the drafting of the patent application. Undoubtedly, the idea can be described through the description, but when that idea is accompanied by a detailed and accurate illustration, that is where the idea is better explained. Not only to the examiner but in general, the usual expression and depiction are more compatible when it comes to understanding the invention. The drawing of the patent provides the complete disclosure of the creation.

Agents argue that the drawings are the most important part of the patent application. The drawing part helps in providing a perfect visual material which acts as a strong supporting part describing the invention. There are jurisdictions where drawing is a prerequisite to every claimed element. Drawing generally helps in understanding the invention in a much sufficient detailed form. Corresponding to the information provided in the description, the drawing part merely confirms such information in its visual manner. Undoubtedly, drawing might not be possible for all inventions. Most of the agents might wish to prepare drawing after preparing claims because it becomes very easy for the agent to dictate the detailed description and it greatly improves the efficiency. All such measures help in preparing a perfect patent application with an effectively detailed description.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) defines a design as something that “consists of the visual ornamental characteristics embodied in, or applied to, an article of manufacture.”Therefore, it is clear that the patent drawing is the visual representation and explanation of the idea which describes your invention. Most of the patent office wants the examiner to provide the drawing to describe the invention more substantially and make it more capable of it being illustrated, making a better understanding of the invention.

The design must be such that it gives an overall expression of the feature of the invention which the applicant describes in the claims and also make it clear concerning the requirement made by the patent office. Also, it is important to understand that with stringent rules concerning the patent drawing, it is imperative to have a strong team of experienced professionals who are into the drafting of the patent application. The professional must have the knowledge, technique, and skills to create a high-quality patent design.

The drawing must be such that the ornamental and structural elements must be visible with on-point precision. This way the uniqueness of the work is established easily and can be get a step closer to the grant of patent. The filing of the patent drawing is for the primary aim of corresponding it to the patent claims. Therefore, the high quality of the mark helps in making us understand the core component of the patent application easily.



Author: Saransh Chaturvedi an associate at Global Patent Filing,  in case of any queries please contact/write back us at

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