Now that you have had your patent drawings completed by the patent illustrator, the next step is to label your drawing. "Label the drawing? What is that?" I get this from inventors all the time. In this book we will discuss the purpose of adding reference lines and numbers on a provisional patent drawing, and how a well labeled patent drawing can help you write a good provisional patent specification. We will also show you how to label your drawing yourself and explain it in your provisional patent application. This only applies to the preparation of a provisional patent application by an inventor.
Tricks to Help You Label Your Own Patent Drawing
Labelling the drawing is one of the most important part of preparing your patent application. Many inventors do not know why the drawings are labelled. When you send your invention document to the patent office, you will not be there to explain the details of your invention, you will not be able to pull your invention apart and explain how things will work. The drawing, the reference numbers and your written explanation will do the explaining for you. Therefore, what you explain is very important. Think about it like this: Provisional and Non-Provisional Patent drawings are created to be explained. The explanation of the invention is in the drawing. The drawings can only be explained properly by use of reference numbers and lines. The reference numbers are names of parts of the invention and the reference lines can be compared to your finger pointing to the parts you are explaining. If the drawing is not properly labelled it cannot be explained properly. If the drawing is not explained properly the strength of the invention will be weak. After a drawing is filed, you cannot come back to explain something new or something you forgot to mention. How to make sure your drawing is properly labeled?
Let's begin by first pointing out the wrong way to label a provisional patent drawing. Knowing the wrong way and why it is wrong will help you understand how to label your drawings the right way.
When preparing their application, both the inventor and the patent attorney rely on the patent illustrator for good drawings that will bring out the invention. The difference between the two is that the attorney will label his drawing better than the inventor would, which will lead to better explanation on the part of the patent attorney. Take for example the example drawing (EX-1) shown in this book.
As a patent illustrator, as soon as I learn that an inventor will be preparing his own provisional patent application I usually make it my personal responsibility to guide them on the right path. I will recommend that it will be in their best interest to hire the services of a patent attorney. For those inventors clients of ASCADEX who insist on preparing their own provisional patent application, I will try my best to produce the best drawing for them with the hope that like the patent attorney, they would know how to label the drawings after it is completed. I sometimes include extra drawings without charge that I think they may need to help make their application stronger. I noticed that for some inventors, after preparing all the wonderful drawings and emailed them to the inventor as shown in example drawing (EX-1) in the book to be labelled, some inventors may label their drawing like what is shown in image (EX-2) as shown in the book....
About The Author
Autrige Dennis is a well-known patent illustrator, inventor and entrepreneur. He has worked with many individual inventors and patent attorneys around the world as well as innovative companies. His work is mentioned, and recommended by well known patent attorneys in the United States. His company ASCADEX, is featured in articles by Entrepreneur Magazine and Verizon News and the top IP Blog at IP Watchdog
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