Posts in Patent Drafting Basics


5 things inventors and startups need to know about patents

One big problem independent inventors face when they choose to represent themselves is with respect to the very real problem of admissions. Truthfully, those who are representing …
By Gene Quinn
1 year ago 14

Drafting Patent Applications: Writing Method Claims

Method or process claims are relatively easy to write once you know what the core invention is and what is necessary to be included in the claim …
By Gene Quinn
1 year ago 0

An Introduction to Patent Claims

The examination you receive from the patent examiner is never going to be any better than the patent claims you provide. If you provide preposterously broad patent …
By Gene Quinn
2 years ago 3

Patent Drawings: An Economical Way to Expand Disclosure

U.S. patent law requires a patent applicant to furnish at least one patent drawing (sometimes referred to as a patent illustration) of the invention whenever the …
By Gene Quinn
2 years ago 2

Patent Language Difficulties: Open Mouth, Insert Foot

Lately I have been in an “educational” mindset more than usual. Next week I will be in Chicago for another live PLI patent bar review course, I …
By Gene Quinn
2 years ago 2

Patent Drafting: The Use of Relative Terminology Can Be Dangerous

The use of relative terminology, which are short-hand terms that express a certain similarity, are quite common in every day conversation, but are not always appropriate for …
By Gene Quinn
2 years ago 5

Patent Drafting: Learning from common patent application mistakes

One of the biggest mistakes I see inventors make is they spend too much time talking about what the invention does and very little time explaining what …
By Gene Quinn
2 years ago 0

Patent Drafting: Distinctly identifying the invention in exact terms

In short, a concise description of an invention is an inadequate description of an invention, period. The goal has to be to provide a full, clear, exact …
By Gene Quinn
2 years ago 3

Patent Drafting: Understanding the Specification of the Invention

This so-called adequate description requirement pertains to the level of description that must be included in the ''specification,'' which is most typically defined as that part …
By Gene Quinn
2 years ago 4

Tricks & Tips to Describe an Invention in a Patent Application

One excellent way to make sure you are including an appropriately detailed description that treats a variety of variations and alternatives is to have many professional patent …
By Gene Quinn
2 years ago 0

Patent Drafting 101: Beware Background Pitfalls When Drafting a Patent Application

Pitfalls to be on the lookout for when you are preparing the Background of the Invention. First and foremost it is critical to remember that your patent …
By Gene Quinn
2 years ago 3

Patenting business methods and software still requires concrete and tangible descriptions

The key to obtaining a software patent is to thoroughly describe the system and processes from a technological level. As to Judge Chen explained in DDR Holdings, …
By Gene Quinn
2 years ago 0

Describing an Invention in a Patent Application

It is absolutely critical to understand that this complete and full description MUST be present as of the filing date of your application. If you file an …
By Gene Quinn
2 years ago 1

Patent Drawings and Invention Illustrations, What do you Need?

If you are going to file a patent application you must have drawings to include in the application, but patent drawings are not the only type of "…
By Gene Quinn
3 years ago 2

The Key to Drafting an Excellent Patent – Alternatives

The trick to drafting an excellent patent application is to describe anything that will work, no matter how crude, no matter how defective. You want to capture …
By Gene Quinn
3 years ago 6