C H A P T E R S

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Chapter 6: What Goes into a Patent Application?

I think we are clear by now that it’s not the intention of this book to teach you how to write a patent application. But I do want you to understand the considerations and strategy that dictate how your patent application is written and prepared.

The first thing to know is that, once a patent application is approved, the  application essentially becomes the patent.

Consequently, however the patent application was written will forever be the official text of your US Patent. And whatever drawings are provided will become the official drawings in the printed US Patent.

If you have ever wondered, then, why patent applications are time consuming and expensive to prepare, consider that it is at the drafting stage of your patent application that what will eventually become your patent is being prepared!

First we’ll discuss utility patent applications. If you are curious about what goes into a design patent application, look to the end of this chapter. In talking about what goes into a utility patent application, let’s start with the biggest question I hear, and perhaps the most important concept you should understand about your utility patent application: Should my patent application have a lot of detail, and will that limit my invention to those details? […]

Here’s What You’ll Learn In This Chapter:

  • The “Specification” and the “Claims” — (How Much Detail to Include and Where to Put It)
  • Parts of a Utility Patent Application
  • What Goes into a Design Patent Application?

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